Toronto—CSA Group announced it has achieved carbon neutrality for its entire global corporate operations. The standards organization has offices and labs across North America as well as in Europe and Asia.
In November 2009, CSA completed a greenhouse gas inventory of its global operations; following the requirements of ISO standard 14064-1. The organization figured out its global operations generated 11,104 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions for fiscal year 2007-08 from four categories of activities: employee air travel, buildings, vehicle fleet, and emissions from auditor and investigator car travel.
The inventory was independently verified and audited by the accounting firm GDTS. Through ongoing efforts to reduce and offset emissions, CSA was found to be carbon neutral.
The organization was able to leverage internal expertise. Its CSA Standards division provides greenhouse gas registries, which help organizations of all sizes reduce their carbon footprint and achieving carbon neutrality.
CSA International laboratories test and certify existing and emerging technologies, such fuel cells, solar water heaters, low-flow bathroom fixtures, LED home lighting and appliances, according to the organization.