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7 Interesting Statistics on How French Companies Manage Their GHG Emissions

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7 Interesting Statistics on How French Companies Manage Their GHG Emissions

As a French Sustainability professional blogging in English, I sometimes feel the need to tell you more about what’s going on in my country about environmental or social issues. I already broadly covered Corporate Social Responsibility in France in the article “What Do The French Have To Say About CSR” published back in February, but today I’d like to focus on the way French companies manage their GHG emissions and plan their reduction actions. Who knows, you might even learn an interesting thing or two from the froggies!

One of the reasons I’m suddenly writing about GHG Management (beyond the fact that our CDP online template is now live) is because our new partner Greenflex, a successful French Sustainability consultancy,  released yesterday the 2013 results of its GHG Observatory, conducted on more than 200 companies. The study tends to focus on how organizations can become more competitive thanks to an improved carbon and energy management, and presents best practices from companies that have successfully reduced their emissions.

Therefore, here are 7 interesting Greenflex statistics that highlight how French companies are managing their GHG emissions:

  1. The environmental involvement of the top management is surprisingly the 1st reason to calculate and publish carbon footprints for 39% of French companies, before economical reasons (20%) or mandatory regulations (19%).
  2. However “doing savings” is still the 1st motivational factor when it comes to implementing concrete actions to reduce their GHG emissions. This difference proves the need to conciliate economic benefits and environmental impacts mitigation when arguing with corporations in that context.
  3. 67% of French companies admit that they would be more motivated in managing their GHG emissions if they knew about the cost of their inaction. Most of them have understood that inaction is more expensive than action but putting figures on it would definitely help them take the leap.
  4. The regulation has a positive influence for almost 2 companies out of 3. The bigger the company, the more positive the regulation infuence is. Since the Grenelle II legislation, all companies with more than 500 employees need to publish their GHG footprint and make it available on the internet.
  5. Some companies are getting addicted to the game as the 1st motivational factor for doing their latest carbon footprints has become “following the results of implemented actions”. If regulation has been helpful to give a 1st push, it is somehow rewarding to notice that most companies now want to check their progress over time and see if they’re improving. Their carbon or GHG footprint is really becoming an operational management tool for them.
  6. Companies are getting better and better each year and tend to naturally include Scope 3 emissions into their footprint….only when they do it on a volontary basis (58%). Mandated companies on the other hand tend to stick to Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and unfortunately don’t go further.
  7. Among the best practices put in place by corporations to reduce their emissions, the most popular ones are:
        • Employee engagement (90%)
        • Reduction of tertiary energy consumption (66%)
        • Waste optimisation (66%)
        • Stakeholder training on Sustainability (55%)

Finally, one of the distinctive feature of this research is the fact that each participant company received an online individual report highlighting and benchmarking its own answers against its peers (same size or industry) and the global average. The Wizness Publisher, our digital Sustainability reports publication tool, is behind this project, as a 1st step of a more advanced partnership between Wizness and Greenflex. If you’d like to read more about how a consultancy or media company can publish original survey/study reports, read the Greenflex business case here!

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