FAQs: Updating the Toitū carbon programmes

What you need to know about updates to our programmes

Register for our webinar or one of our drop in information sessions scheduled for early 2021 to ask your questions of our team of experts. We're answering the most commonly asked questions here.

What’s changed?

The new version is being piloted currently, and our accreditor JAS-ANZ is reviewing our work. We’ll share the details once they have been reviewed and tested. In the meantime, here are a few quick insights to the coming changes:

  • We are updating all of our tools, guidance, templates and software to make your work easier. User friendly improvements will roll out over three phases.
  • It aligns with the latest in best practice, including ISO 14064-1:2018, science-based target setting principles, GHG Protocol Scope 2 and Scope 3 guidance, and more.
  • The new version of the programme allows each organisation to set bespoke scope and boundaries that speak directly to their operations and sustainability strategy.

For more information on the updates, join us at one of our informational sessions. All existing members should also watch their inboxes – your account manager will be in touch with specifics as soon as they become available.

Do we have to update?

Yes, all members will transition by June 2022 at the latest. This is in part due to the retirement of the old version of ISO 14064-1 and -3, meaning Toitū will only be able to audit an inventory to the current version of the standard from that date. Globally, no accredited certification to ISO 14064-1:2006 will be allowed to take place after 1 June 2022.

When will we be audited to the new Programme and updated standard?

All members will keep their usual audit timeframe and measurement period. We will work with every member on a custom transition plan, but in general:

  • If your next measurement period ends before 31 March 2021 and/or your next audit is due before 31 May 2021, we recommend you continue with the current version for that work, and start fresh on the new version of the programme for the following period.
  • If you have recently completed an audit and have not made significant progress on measuring your current measurement period, we recommend you switch to the new version of the programme for the work in progress, so your next audit will be on the new version.
  • If you are in year 3 of 3, we recommend you finish this certification cycle on the same version, and then switch to the new programme version for the next re-certification audit.

We want to change right now! When can I get started?

Changes are in pilot mode, the rest of our members will be able to transition from the time that our accreditation transition is issued in line with your standard audit timeline and measurement period. We anticipate that the transition of our accreditation will occur approximately April 2021.

Will our footprint go up?

That depends! The emissions sources that are included in your inventory will depend on the intended purpose of your inventory. The minimum set of emissions sources for Toitū carbon programmes will be very similar to the current mandatory sources, so it may be that your inventory stays similar to what it has been in the past. On the other hand, if you are interested in engaging more with your supply chain, or have other reasons for preparing your inventory, our tools will support that.

If we measure more, will we have to offset more?

The minimum boundary for offsetting will be the same as the minimum for measurement, so if you want to get a better understanding of your wider climate impacts, such as through measuring more upstream and downstream emissions, you will be able to measure these without being forced to offset them. Of course, we don’t want any greenwashing, so we will ensure that your claims for marketing are really clear about what you have measured and what you have offset.

Will our audit be harder or more expensive?

That depends! The audit standard has changed too and there is a bigger focus on risk-based assessment. So if you have excellent systems for managing your GHG information, we will be able to do a ‘lighter touch’ audit, which will save us time and you money.