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ACT® - Overview

ACT® Project Overview

ACT® (Assessing low-Carbon Transition) project has been developed to assess companies' climate strategies, regardless of their size or markets, and to confront them with the requirements of a low-carbon world. Being part of the Global Climate Action Agenda of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), ACT®  initiative provides methodologies to assess the alignment of a company’s strategy with a decarbonization pathway adapted to its activities and sector.

Through ambitious, innovative and open methodologies, ACT® assessment and the associated rating system aim to:

•         Provide independent information, sector by sector, on a company's maturity and its climate performance with respect to the transition to a low-carbon economy;

•         Provide companies with elements for understanding sectoral carbon intensity pathways in order to anticipate the associated transition risks;

•         Provide an independent assessment to help companies disclose information relevant to climate based on the TCFD recommendations;

•         Encourage companies willing to implement a low-carbon business model as quickly as possible;

•         Provide independent and verifiable information on how companies are addressing the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The alignment respect to a low-carbon transition is assessed through a three-criteria rating system: performance rating, assessment rating and trend rating. It takes the following form:

Performance rating : a number from 1 up to 20
Assessment rating : a letter from A up to E
Trend rating : + (improving), - (worsening), = (stable)

The methodology consists of about 20 indicators divided into nine modules (weighted in accordance with their relevance to the sector concerned): reduction targets, material investment, intangible investment, management, sold product performance, supplier engagement, client engagement, policy engament and business model. They lead to an holistic assessment of the company's strategy based on reliable data. Independent third parties operate in full transparency to ensure complete neutrality of the assessment.



International road-test (23 companies)

During 2016, a first road-test involving 23 international companies was run by ADEME and CDP. This one-year test covered three sectors: electric utilities, retail and automotive manufacturing.

Read the executive summary and final report of the test:

Executive summary

Final report

French road-test (30 companies)

In 2017, a second road-test with SMEs and Mid-cap companies in France was run as part of the European LIFE Clim'Foot project. This test made it possible to carry out 30 ACT® assessments for companies in 6 different sectors (electric utilities, retail, auto, transport, construction and agri-food) and at the same time, at the national level, work on the low-carbon transition pathways derived from the National Low-Carbon Strategy (SNBC in French) and future scenarios studied by ADEME.

Read the executive summary and final report of the test:

Executive summary

Final report

63464 registered members
5280 validated emission factors
4189 published GHG inventories
19 sector guides