1. Understand an organisation’s carbon footprint
2. Look into your organisation’s environmental strategy
3. Look into existing networks
4. Look into existing standards and certifications
1. Start a conversation within your company/organisation
2. Organise information sessions
1. Change your own practices
2. Help to reduce the environmental impact of your company/organisation
Targeting change at a strategic level will often allow your actions to have more significant and sustainable effects in protecting the climate and the environment.
1. A key question to get you started
2. Some illustrative ideas*
3. General approaches*
4. Potential accelerators *
*NB: Further materials will be added to these sections in the future. Come back and check them regularly.
Take action to reduce your company’s carbon footprint
3-minute testimonial on the creation of a group of agents of change within Michelin.
Learn how a committed working group was able to transform Engie’s strategy and internal practices within 18 months.
The story of Patagonia - a company well-known for respecting its workers and the environment - told by its founder, the man who said, "I know it sounds crazy, but every time I have made a decision that is best for the planet, I have made money”. His commitment, his vision, his failures and his successes.
The sincere and inspiring story of the CEO of the MAIF Group, which highlights just how much a company can serve the common good, how this contribution can, in turn, enhance the company’s own performance, and how this human adventure deeply transforms people and relationships.
A source of inspiration and strength that will give you the boost you need to get started and reposition your own organisation.
Examples of the Quanti GES method being applied to real actions carried out by organisations (companies, regional and local councils, etc.): process, impact assessment of actions designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions broken down by sector.
ADEME resources on urban and land use planning projects.
Every city and local council publishes documents on urban and land use planning, including planning regulations, upcoming and ongoing development projects, and public consultations in which you can participate.
Research your local council’s Sustainability Statement for more details on its general environmental strategy.
Seek out your council or city hall’s transport strategy to gain insight into what your local authorities are doing to make transport and traffic greener and more accessible. You can also find out more about all available transport options on your council or city hall’s website.
A search engine that allows you to access the GHG reports of French local authorities
Certain cities also have borough or neighbourhood councils, which either serve to make decisions at a more local level or to act as an interface between residents and elected officials.
Cities tend to experience temperatures 2 to 3°C higher than rural areas. Urban greenery helps to reduce this ‘heat island’ effect. Initiatives to make cities greener can be led by residents as well as local authorities. You can plant trees in the streets, introduce greenery to roundabouts or road verges and climbing plants to facades, or plant flowers around the bases of trees in public spaces.
Many local councils are supporting residents and setting up programmes specifically to this effect. Some are even organising calls for projects to finance citizen-led initiatives.
Other possible actions:
World Cleanup Day is a citizen-led movement that brings businesses, schools, local authorities and other organisations from all over the world together for a positive, festive day of picking up the rubbish that usually pollutes our surroundings, in both cities and rural areas. By following the link you will find a list of events by country.
Waste can be found on country roads, city streets and even in the oceans. More and more collective clean-up events are being organised. The goal? To clear a particular area of rubbish and strengthen community bonds by taking part in a unifying activity. At your level, you can either look up waste collection initiatives near you or organise a collective clean-up operation in your neighbourhood with the help of a local association or school, for example. The first step is to identify and demarcate the area that you wish to clean and set a date. Then you need to spread word of your event to ensure that as many people as possible participate. Finally, you should let your local authorities know about your event in order to properly demarcate the targeted area and ensure that the collected rubbish can be disposed of safely.
Certain precautionary measures should be taken during clean-up events, namely wearing gloves and closed shoes to avoid any injuries caused by sharp or dangerous objects.
For people who do not have access to a garden, communal compost is an interesting solution in several respects: learning a new skill, potentially initiating a mutually beneficial exchange with your neighbours, producing you own compost for your indoor plants or for shared greens, contributing to better managing your immediate environment, and reducing your waste disposal costs.
A community garden is a garden that is collectively designed, built and maintained by the residents of a neighbourhood or village.
You can find starter guides, technical information and various resources on the Royal Horticultural Society’s website - click here.
A walking school bus involves parents taking turns to accompany children to school on foot, stopping along the way to collect other children to join the convoy.
One parent takes on the running of the line: drawing up a timetable, registering the children, general planning. The other parents are ‘conductors’ and take turns safely bussing the children to school.
France will be used as a case study to illustrate the environmental impact of individual consumption throughout this section.
In France, your average consumer’s yearly carbon footprint is 11 metric tons of CO2. This number accounts for the total consumption of the French population, including the CO2 generated by administrations, institutions, and imports. If we are to limit global warming to +2°C by 2100, each person should emit between 1.6 and 2.8 tons per year – accounting for demographic changes and following an equal split of the total amount of CO2 between all inhabitants.
In just a few clicks you can assess the greenhouse gas emissions generated by a particular trip or by your yearly travel and consumption habits. A annual or regular diagnostic tool available to all.