Climate and Carbon Footprint

Verification of greenhouse gas balance and climate neutrality

Climate change is already changing the business environment of many companies. The Paris Agreement to limit global warming (2°C target) concluded at the 21st World Climate Conference COP21 laid the foundation for the global fight against climate change.

With the continuation at the 26th World Climate Conference in Glasgow (COP26) and the commitment to limit global warming to 1.5°C, climate protection is increasingly moving to the centre of political action as a strategic challenge.

Why Carbon Footprints

The consequences of climate change are already devastating today, as the current 6th Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) shows. Consequently, a rapid transformation of industry is necessary to reduce global warming to a tolerable level.

Carbon footprints (greenhouse gas balances) are an important and accepted approach to make the actual state of environmental commitment and climate goals in the company transparent for customers and employees.

Verified by an independent body, the credibility and integrity of the carbon footprint increases significantly.

There is a path to different targets: You decide in which framework you want to be verified.

Standards and path to the Carbon Footprint

Several internationally recognised standards provide a basis for calculating and verifying greenhouse gas balances - i.e. the Carbon Footprint. With these uniform standards, emissions calculations can be compared and verified.

As early as 2013, GUTcert was one of the first verification bodies to be accredited by the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) for the verification of the Corporate Carbon Footprint.

We are happy to subject the calculation methodologies and emission factors behind them to a stress test for conformity with the various requirements of the norms and standards. If you are currently working on the development of such software, please contact us.

  • We will show you how to set your balance sheet limits sensibly and thus arrive at conclusive results.
  • The solid audit quality of GUTcert ensures that you receive meaningful and comparable, i.e. "resilient" footprints at any time.
  • We uncover your savings potentials and thus help you to reduce your "footprint" and costs

You can count on the experience of GUTcert!

GUTcert is one of the pioneers in the market for carbon footprints and has many years of experience in the preparation of greenhouse gas balances, life cycle assessments and their verification. Internationally recognised standards, such as ISO 14064, ISO 14040, Greenhouse Gas Protocol, or the guidelines of emissions trading, serve as the basis for this.

Since November 2021, it has been possible to receive funding from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) for the preparation and verification of greenhouse gas balances by external service providers.

Within the framework of the preparation of so-called transformation concepts, which in addition to the greenhouse gas balance should also contain reduction targets and an action plan, funding is possible in Module 5 of the federal funding for energy and resource efficiency in the economy. Further information is available on our page Transformation Concepts.

Share of greenhouse gas emissions by sector in %.
Share of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by sector in % (own graph, data basis: Environmental Atlas Supply Chains, 03. 2017)
Share of greenhouse gas emissions by scope in %.
Share of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by scope in % (own graph, data basis: Environmental Atlas Supply Chains, 03. 2017)

Climate management training

We conduct regular classroom training and webinar series on climate management.

Frequently asked questions

Read our FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions about the Carbon Footprint.