Calculating

your carbon footprint

To maximize the effectiveness of efforts to reduce your carbon footprint, you need an item-by-item estimate of the quantity of greenhouse gases emitted by your organization every year.

For organizations subject to the French CSR decree (Corporate Social Responsibility) which requires them to produce a greenhouse gas emissions balance sheet or BEGES (organizations with more than 500 employees in the metropolis and more than 250 employees in the overseas territories), there is a mandatory emission calculation methodology.

If your organization is not subject to this requirement, you are free to choose which emission calculation methodology to use. However, it may well be worthwhile to use the regulatory methodology, if only to familiarize yourself with it in case those regulations are extended to you in future.

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G6HGProtocolThe Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), sets the global standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions.
Hundreds of companies and organizations around the world are using GHG Protocol standards and tools to manage their emissions and become more efficient, resilient, and prosperous organizations.

Reducing

your carbon footprint

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Now that you know the quantity and origin of the greenhouse gases emitted by your business or organization, the time has come to set up a plan of action to reduce those emissions.

This snapshot of your carbon emissions will determine what action is needed: commercial travellers will receive training in eco-friendly driving, office workers will learn about energy management, rail will be preferred to air for business travel, etc.

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Offsetting

what cannot be avoided

Despite these efforts, there will still be some carbon emissions. They are irreducible and can therefore be offset.

Carbon offsetting consists of purchasing carbon credits to fund an eco-project that spares greenhouse gas emissions in its implementation. Each tonne of CO2 avoided on that eco-project corresponds to one carbon credit.

 

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Offsetting is a solution of last resort and must not be seen as a substitute for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at source.

To offset your emissions properly, you must understand what carbon offsetting is and get to know the different types of projects you can support.

Understanding carbon offsetting

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Publicizing

your carbon offsetting

The added value of carbon offsetting lies partly in the message associated with that approach. Your dedicated communications will above all highlight your efforts to reduce your organization’s impact on the climate at source. That’s vital.

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Depending on the type of project supported, your message will be geared towards supporting an international solidarity project or a project facilitating the energy transition on your home territory.

Finally, carbon offsetting also provides an opportunity to involve your employees in an original approach to the challenge of climate change through information and awareness-raising workshops.