Cabonexit Consulting, a specialist in carbon strategy, offers comprehensive support to companies, associations and public bodies wishing to adopt a more virtuous environmental approach. By quantifying and reducing the CO2 footprint of their products, services, processes and operating modes, these entities will benefit from a more favorable positioning in an increasingly low-carbon economy.
Carbon Footrpint assessment : What is it exactly ?
Carbon accounting involves recording greenhouse gas emissions, direct or indirect, of an activity or site. This is the first step in the climate diagnosis of an activity or a site. By prioritizing the different emission items according to their importance, it facilitates the implementation of priority actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the perimeter under study. A carbon footprint thus takes into account the GHG emissions of the so-called Scope 1 and Scope 2 and possibly Scope 3 as defined by the international standards (GHG Protocol and ISO 14069):
- Scope 1: Direct emissions generated by the resources of the structure using fossil fuels such as gas, oil, coal, etc.
- Scope 2: Indirect emissions related to the purchase or production of electric power
- Scope 3: take into account all other indirect emissions, including upstream and downstream of the activity itself (logistics, transport of goods and people, purchase of materials, etc.).
Why is a Bilan Carbone® so interesting?
- Your entity may have a legal obligation to assess its greenhouse gas emissions: see the paragraph below for more details. Nevertheless, this legal constraint becomes very clearly a competitive advantage as you can read below.
- Direct financial gains related to better consideration of Carbon risks. The increase in prices of oil, gas and all derivatives as well as the arrival of possible carbon taxes will impact you directly and indirectly (via your suppliers, customer behavior). Once measured, your exposure to fossil fuels and their derivatives (which are everywhere) will become clear, item by item, subcomponent by subcomponent ...
- Some calls for tenders (in particular public tenders) require this information: to communicate on its Bilan Carbone® is no longer merely an element of differentiation vis-à-vis its competitors in the context of calls for tenders but sometimes a "must-have "... This Carbon report can be done for your company but also for a particular project, a site, an event etc. If this request is not yet systematic, it will become so ...
- This makes your company more attractive to your employees and future employees: by demonstrating your virtuous approach, you will be able to retain and attract the many employees and partners who are particularly sensitive to the protection of the environment and the fight against climate change.
- This allows you to communicate more effectively, precisely on the CSR dimension to all stakeholders. You will be able to communicate on precise quantified assessments and not on the basis of unfocused, uncontextualized information, which may lead to a false fear of "Greenwashing". More "We are making efforts" but now "I have the objective to reduce my carbon footprint by X% over 2 years".
- You will facilitate the delivery of CSR labels for your activity.
- Better integrating the Carbon dimension into your overall strategy.
What is the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessment required, says Bilan Carbone Grenelle II?
The Grenelle II law of July 2010 imposes a compulsory GHG Assessment on a number of entities under public and private law. Your organization must carry out this assessment of greenhouse gas emissions in the following cases:
- Metropolitan companies > 500 people
- Overseas (DOM-TOM) companies > 250 people
- Public bodies > 250 persons
- Territories > 50,000 inhabitants
If you have not performed it, you may face a fine and find rejects from the state in order to get you in accordance with the law. This GHG assessment must be renewed every 3 years and is in the vast majority of cases carried out via the Bilan Carbone® method.
What does the Compulsory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statement (GEBES) entail?
By virtue of the definition imposed by the authorities, the mandatory or regulatory GHG balances only concern the direct emissions referred to as scope 1 and 2. Thus, the latter is relatively limited and does not take into account an extremely significant part of emissions linked to the activity of the company as a whole (even if it is not directly responsible for it). The Bilan Carbone study should be extended to scope 3 in order to obtain the biggest benefits of a Carbon Assessment. In this way, the appropriate action plans are deployed, depending on the positions and the depth of the desired changes:
- Positioning strategy for your existing products and services
- Development of eco-design for new products and services
- Sourcing and eco-responsible purchasing policy
- Setup of eco-responsible modes of operation
- Implementation of Carbon Compensation Projects
Carbonexit Consulting: a provider authorized by the authorities
Take advantage of possible ADEME grants to carry out your Carbon assessment
Carbonexit Consulting, your entity will be eligible for ADEME grants (more details: www.ademe.fr/bilan-carbone ). This grant is not automatic and will be determined according to your project. To do this, you will have to apply to your regional ADEME center so that a commission decides on a possible grant.