Ratings System

How will you be rated?

The Low Carbon Living program awards participating businesses with either a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating based on the actions they have taken to reduce their carbon footprint. 

The ratings system is based on a points system out of 100.

Businesses that score less than 25 are classed as “Participants” and businesses that have joined but are yet to receive a rating are classed as “Not yet rated”.

Of the 100 possible points available:

  • 70 are allocated to energy-related actions, such as upgrading to energy-efficient lightbulbs or installing solar panels

  • 20 are assigned to waste management actions, such as composting and effective recycling

  • 10 are based on water use, such as the installation of low-flow showers and taps.

From here, the following ratings are given: 

Bronze rating - 25 points.

Businesses that have taken actions to reduce their carbon footprint by 25% from their base measurements receive a bronze rating.

Silver rating - 50 points.

Businesses that have taken actions to reduce their carbon footprint by 50% from their base measurements receive a silver LCL rating.

Gold rating - 75 points.

Businesses that have taken actions to reduce their carbon footprint by 75% from their base measurements are awarded a gold rating.

Platinum rating - 100 points.

Businesses that have taken actions to reduce their carbon footprint by 100% from their base measurements are awarded a platinum rating.