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Gas certification scheme available in Australia

Published: Tue 10 Aug 2010 09:12 AM
NZ’s leading greenhouse gas certification scheme available in Australia
New Zealand’s leading greenhouse gas measurement and reduction certification scheme is taking its expertise across the Tasman.
Landcare Research has signed an exciting licensing partnership with Bureau Veritas, the world's leading independent certification body, to provide the highly successful CEMARS® (Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme) certification to selected clients in Australia.
CEMARS helps organisations to understand how to accurately measure, manage and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The certification enables organisations to report their carbon emissions and reductions with credibility and integrity. It also provides buyers with the independently verified information that they need to make informed purchasing decisions.
Landcare Research’s Business Manager, Mike Tournier says the partnership is an example of a New Zealand organisation “punching above its weight” by creating value to the New Zealand economy both domestically and through exports of our information technology and intellectual property.
“Bureau Veritas has built a successful global business based on its long-standing reputation. This reputation is one of the most valuable assets for the group worldwide and it is reflected in their decision to select CEMARS as their greenhouse gas certification offering,” Mr Tournier says.
Bureau Veritas Certification has 80,000 clients in more than 100 countries and is supported by a global network of 5,700 auditors, with expertise that are recognised by more than 35 national and international accreditation bodies. They provide a comprehensive range of certification and auditing services from public standards to more customised schemes, in the fields of Quality, Health, Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility (QHSE-SR).
CEMARS is developed from over a decade of research on carbon measurement and monitoring and is based on international standards – GHG Protocol for Corporate Accounting and ISO 14064 Part 1. It also has international accreditation from the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), which means the CEMARS certification mark is recognised in over fifty world economies.
"Bureau Veritas is delighted to be the licensee of Landcare Research's CEMARS programme in Australia. We believe this will be seen as a valuable service for many of our existing customers", says Steve McAllister, CEO Bureau Veritas - Pacific Zone.
Through CEMARS certification, organisations are also equipped to provide data for reporting their own corporate responsibility and for schemes such as the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System (NGERS) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). From a buyer's perspective, CEMARS aligns suppliers with a buyer’s carbon reduction strategy, offering visibility of carbon related supply chain risk and enables managers to make informed purchasing decisions that meet their sustainable procurement goals.
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