On February 20, EARTH University held a ceremony with the Costa Rican Accreditation Entity (ECA) to officially present EARTH’s accreditation as a national and international verifier of carbon neutrality. The ceremony was held at Hotel Barceló in San Jose, Costa Rica, and brought together faculty and staff from EARTH University and various organizations in the carbon neutral field.
The official ECA accreditation is the result of a long and thorough process of evaluating the practices of the Carbon Unit, which was created in 2008 and has already verified 15 organizations in Costa Rica and South America. With this new recognition, the Unit will be able to verify and validate institutions in many more sectors, including: industrial, agricultural, animal production, general (high schools, universities, hospitals, shopping centers, office buildings and financial institutions) and the forestry sector (forests and plantations.)
Director of EARTH’s Carbon Neutral Unit Edmundo Castro explains that “Carbon neutrality is a continuous process, we have to keep evaluating organizations that we verify to assure that carbon neutrality is present in all of their actions. In the same way, ECA will evaluate us in the Carbon Unit to verify the necessary technical competencies to comply with the requirements of the ISO-14065 e ISO-14066 laws.”
Andrea San Gil, coordinator of the Secretariat Accreditation Validators / Verifiers Agency of ECA, said: “The accreditation ensures confidence in the statements of firms receiving a stamp of C-Neutrality were verified under strict national and international standards, avoiding self statements, misleading or inaccurate information to mislead users in the country. “
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