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Voluntary programs

Measure implementation in the private and public sector is crucial in order to effectively address climate change and promote sustainable development. In that direction several governments are placing greenhouse gas reporting programs, which can be either voluntary or mandatory at different levels (regional, national and subnational).


Since the end of the 1990s, several mandatory schemes have emerged on GHG emissions measuring and reporting and there has been a requirement for climate change related information by several stakeholders, such as governments, consumers, investors, researchers, environmental organisations, policy makers etc. Also, several voluntary programs have been established by governments, non-governmental organizations or business associations (Sources: WRI/WBG[1], OECD/CDSB[2]).


At European level, except for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, the greatest progress on climate change reporting schemes can be observed in the United Kingdom and France. For the rest of the EU Member States and in particular in the countries of the project partners participating in the LIFE Clim’Foot project, Italy has been involved in voluntary initiatives in the private sector; while the other countries (Croatia, Greece and Hungary) have no prior experience.


As a result, the LIFE Clim’Foot project aims at developing voluntary programs in order to support both public and private organisations to calculate and/or reduce their carbon footprints. The organisations who will participate in the voluntary program for the demonstration of the carbon footprint calculation are the following:

[1] World Resources Institute/World Bank Group (2015), Guide for designing mandatory greenhouse gas  reporting programs and World Resources Institute (2013), Designing greenhouse gas reporting systems: Learning from existing programs

[2] OECD/CDSB (2015), Climate change disclosure in G20 countries







  • Greece






























  • Croatia




















ACT project


The design and implementation of ADEME’s voluntary program is the specific part of CLIMFOOT project connected with ACT.


ACT aims at developing a set of methodologies that will take a holistic view of a company’s, looking both at its operational impacts and dependencies, as well as of its supply chain. The ultimate goal is to drive action by companies and put them on a 2°C compatible pathway in terms of their climate strategy, business model, investments, operations, GHG emissions and GHG emission management.


During this pilot, 3 sectors will be addressed: Electric utilities, Auto Manufacturers and Retail. These 3 sectors are covering issues pertaining to: large emitters, complex supply chains, complex value chains, mitigation issues, agricultural emissions, complex regulatory environments, and have been chosen because they cover this large scope of issues and complexity.


ACT will assess alignment with low-carbon transition, by assessing the credibility of climate related information and commitments from companies. In other words, ACT shall assess the level of confidence in the organization’s climate strategy. Five simple questions help to do so:   

Q1 What the company proposes to do?  

Q2 How the company plans to do it?  

Q3 What the company is doing now?  

Q4 What the company has already done?  

Q5 How does it all fit together?


ACT is lead by ADEME and CDP and gather (as partners) the European Investment Bank and 2°C Investing Initiative. Total budget is around 400k€ funded 100% by the partners (on which 70% is funded by ADEME). 2°C Investing is providing technical inputs in the frame of SEI Metrics (H2020 funded project – Project number: 649982).


A pilot phase will involve 25 companies from more than 10 countries (France, Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, Finland, US, Mexico, Japan, South Africa, Australia, Brazil).


ACT final results will be presented in COP22.


ACT in video here