What is the QAS?
How does the QAS make it easier for businesses and consumers to buy carbon offsets?
Is the QAS a trade body for the carbon offset industry?
Applying for QAS Certification
The QAS Audit Process
Who conducts the audit once I have successfully applied and my payment has cleared?
How can I monitor my progress?
How does the QAS ensure its audits are independent?
Will any proprietary information provided by my organisation during audit be shared with the QAS?
Who interprets the rules laid out in the Procedures?
How long does QAS-Certification last for?
Carbon Footprint Calculation
Does a provider have to submit all the carbon offsets it sells for audit?
Does the QAS insist that clients buying QAS-certified carbon offsets cover all their emissions?
Can real world emissions data be used where available?
If real world data is not available, which emissions datasets are acceptable under the QAS?
Will I have to update my emissions factors every year?
What Radiative Forcing Index factor does the QAS recommend for flight offsets?
We comply with the scope 2 accounting standard under the GHG Protocol. Which set of figures should be use for QAS audit?
What should we do if emissions factors are not available for our activities?
I am using manufacturer data for CO2 emissions relating to cars of vans. Must I uplift these figures to allow for ‘real world’ driving conditions?
If I use modelled data based on average flight distance or actual Great Circle flight distance, must I uplift to allow for indirect routings or delays?
Carbon Offset Projects
Which carbon credits types can be used for QAS-Certified carbon offsets?
Are REDD+ projects allowed within QAS certification?
How long do I have to retire credits being used to offset QAS-Certified carbon offset sales after the 12 month period of QAS Certification during which they were sold?
How does the QAS ensure that credit retiral are not double counted between QAS-Certified and non QAS-Certified carbon offset sales?
What proof of credit retiral may the Independent Auditor require?
Must I explain how I calculate the carbon footprints for my QAS-Certified carbon offsets on the website which sells them?
Are there any requirements relating to the information what must be provided with QAS-certified offsets?
What are the rules related to providing carbon offset pricing on my website?
How much do QAS-certified carbon offsets cost?
Can I buy QAS-certified carbon offsets for investment purposes?
What is carbon offsetting?
Do carbon offsets avoid the need to reduce emissions?