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Clim'Foot Project

ADEME will pilot the European Clim'Foot project, under a 3-year LIFE contract.

What is Clim'Foot?

"Implementing public policies to calculate and reduce organisations' carbon footprint"

The project aims to develop public policies to help organisations calculate and reduce their carbon footprint.

More specifically, the project goals are:

  • to implement a dynamic European network for carbon accounting;
  • to train decision-makers and give them the tools to set up public policies for calculating and reducing the carbon footprint of all sorts of organisations;
  • to develop tools (training, database) adapted to each country;
  • to involve local actors (decision-makers, investors, public bodies) in reducing emissions.

Who is involved in Clim'Foot?

Clim'Foot brings together seven partners from five EU countries:

Public bodies:

  • ADEME: Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie (France): coordinator
  • CRES: Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (Greece)
  • EIHP: Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (Croatia)
  • ENEA: Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (Italy)
  • OHI: Otto Herman Institute (Hungary)


Private-sector partners:

  • Institut de Formation Carbone (France)
  • Ecoinnovazione (Italy)


Anticipated results

Clim'Foot will address the lack of tools and methodology (other than EU-ETS) for the implementation of national public policies aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of organisations in the countries of the European Union.

The project brief includes the following deliverables:

  • a web-based platform to allow the five participating countries to share the toolboxes developed in each country;
  • national toolboxes, comprising:
    • training in carbon accounting for ADEME counterpart agencies (methodological principles, assistance in gathering and calculating emission factors, and in creating a national carbon database; feedback on the implementation of a dynamic network, whether voluntary or mandatory)
    • training to enable companies and local authorities to become familiar with carbon accounting and its key methodologies
    • establishment of guidelines for the elaboration, management and governance of four national emission factor databases, for the countries of Italy, Greece, Croatia and Hungary
    • creation of a joint search engine open to all European companies and local authorities, to pool data;
  • implementation of new voluntary programmes to develop carbon accounting in the five participating countries, at different levels depending on the maturity of practices in each country:
    • calculating a carbon footprint
    • assessing the maturity of internal carbon policy and measures taken
    • building relationships between the organisation and investors;
  • training other public entities outside of the consortium to prepare the extension and pursuit of Clim'Foot in other European countries;
  • articles and project presentations to enhance awareness among politicians and other actors in the European Union.

The long-term objective is to set up a European carbon accounting resources centre, which will make the databases of different countries widely available. This deliverable constitutes a small revolution in the world of carbon accounting, and a significant technical and methodological advance for emissions reduction.


€1.4 million over 3 years

63465 registered members
5280 validated emission factors
4189 published GHG inventories
19 sector guides