The Carbon Trust Standard (CTS) certifies organisations that have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions.
This note tells you how to:
- find out which schemes are considered by the CRC administrator to be equivalent schemes to the CTS;
- calculate the percentage of your CRC emissions that are covered by the CTS or equivalent schemes;
- match the period covered by your certificate from the CTS or equivalent scheme with the reporting of your emissions for the CRC. For example, if you have a valid certificate you may be able to use this to claim Early Action Metric (EAM) under the CRC. The period covered by your CTS or equivalent scheme certificate(s) must include the last day of the annual reporting year for which you wish to claim credit, that is 31 March in years 1-3 in Phase 1. EAM is designed to reward organisations that have taken initiatives to reduce their emissions before the start of, or during Phase 1 of the CRC.
The Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme and the Early Action Metric
The Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme (EEAS) predated the Carbon Trust Standard (CTS) and certification under the EEAS that remains valid at the last date of the reporting year (31 March) will count as though it was certified under the CTS. If you hold a valid certificate you should record the emissions covered when you submit your annual report in the CRC Registry. On the Early Action metric page, under `Scheme Provider’, select `Carbon Trust Standard’.
Schemes which have been approved by the Environment Agency as equivalent to the Carbon Trust Standard are listed in this document: