OSBORNE Park-based company Carbon Neutral has received global recognition with its first Australian carbon emissions reduction project to receive Gold Standard certification.
The certification ensures projects reduce carbon emissions under the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Carbon Neutral develops reforestation projects on degraded agricultural land that no longer supports farming practices.
Carbon Neutral chief executive Ray Wilson said Australian companies now viewed environmental responsibility as a critical component of their business.
“Many companies are currently investing in emissions reduction projects overseas, as a result of a shortage of suitable home-grown projects,” Mr Wilson said.
“We help organisations across Australia, and beyond, minimise their impact on the environment by working with them to measure, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions.”
Mr Wilson said Carbon Neutral operated in a region where 90 per cent of land had already been cleared.
“Carbon Neutral is helping to return the environment to its origins, planting up to 40 native tree and shrub species which are matched to the environment,” he said.
Gold Standard Foundation president David Shelmerdine said achieving Gold Standard certification had many benefits from global climate security to supporting local communities.
“We are delighted that these benefits are now being realised in Australia, and that Australian companies can support a Gold Standard-calibre project in our own backyard by purchasing carbon credits,” Mr Shelmerdine said.