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Carbon Clear announced today that it is the first full-service carbon management firm to achieve ISO 14001:2004 compliance*. The internationally recognised Environmental Management System Standard was awarded to Carbon Clear by Certification International, a UK–based assessment body.

Carbon Clear helps other companies operate in a more responsible way, so it was essential that its own processes and environmental standards met the strict criteria of ISO 14001:2004. In improving its already effective environmental management systems, Carbon Clear has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to environmental progress, and increased its scope of potential customers to include the growing number of businesses requesting ISO certification.

As part of its environmental management system, Carbon Clear works to ensure that its staff, contractors and suppliers meet or exceed legal environmental requirements, whilst minimising the company’s greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to overall environmental improvement.

Carbon Clear’s major environmental initiatives include:
 Going beyond greenhouse gas emissions to document the broader environmental impact of both its UK operations and emissions reduction projects in developing countries
 Instituting a carbon-minimising travel policy for staff and consultants
 Developing a green referral system for clients seeking lower-carbon suppliers of business products and services

Commenting on the certification, Mark Chadwick, CEO, Carbon Clear, said: “Our customers expect environmental protection to be an integral part of how we do business. ISO 14001 certification shows that Carbon Clear ‘walks the talk’. As a company, we’re committed to leading by example as we help customers make the transition to a low-carbon economy.”
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Notes to the Editors:

* Carbon Clear is the first full-service carbon management firm with ISO 14001 certification to be listed in the United Kingdom Register of Quality Assessed Companies, which includes entries for over 100,000 organisations. The Register includes companies both within and outside the UK.

For more information on Carbon Clear please contact Zoe Porteous at Boutique Communications on 01273 620194 or email at zoe@boutiquecommunications.com.

About Carbon Clear
Carbon Clear is a leading UK carbon management firm. The company helps businesses and individuals reduce their climate change impact with standards-compliant carbon footprint reports, robust carbon management strategies, and high-quality carbon offset credits to cancel out unavoidable emissions. Clients include innocent drinks, Comic Relief, and Multimap.

Carbon Clear only invests in carbon-reducing projects that have a proven ability to help tackle climate change and provide wider social benefits for participating communities. All our projects must meet the following criteria:

 Projects must result in verifiable pollution reductions over and above their normal level in the spirit of the Kyoto agreement
 Projects must be efficient and clearly demonstrate that they would not have happened without our help
 Projects must provide long-term benefits for the communities that undertake them; these range from creating local jobs and improving health to protecting endangered plants and animals.

For further information on Carbon Clear and its projects visit www.carbon-clear.com.

About ISO
ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardisation, located in Geneva, Switzerland. ISO promotes the development and implementation of voluntary international standards, both for particular products and for environmental management issues.

ISO 14001 is a global environmental management standard. It has been endorsed by the British Standards Institute as the national benchmark for certifying company environmental management systems. ISO 14001 treats environmental improvement as a continual process, not an endpoint. Companies that wish to gain ISO 14001 certification must: (1) develop an environmental policy, (2) review their business activities to determine their impact on the environment, (3) review relevant legislation, (4) develop objectives and targets for environmental improvement, (5) implement these measures and (6) assess progress on an ongoing basis.


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