Resource centre for greenhouse gas accounting
Ministère de la Transition Écologique
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GHG accounting issue


Climate change

Combating climate change has become a major issue which is being addressed by more and more stakeholders, public and private alike. Increased anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions play an undeniable role in the acceleration of climate change. The latest report from the IPCC confirmed the role of human activities in this runaway rise in emissions.

Growing scarcity of fossil fuel sources

Today, 85% of the energy sources used worldwide are not renewable. This concerns oil (40%), coal (20%), natural gas (19%) and uranium (6%). There is therefore a core dependence on fossil fuel sources.
Heightening awareness of this dependence via carbon accounting makes it possible, on the one hand, to implement actions for reducing this dependence and, on the other, anticipating the problems to come (increased prices, difficulty of access to energy, market tension, etc.).


Carbon accounting

In order to quantify the impact of human activities on climate change, various greenhouse gas emissions accounting methods have been developed. These methods are developed in line with the object of the study: territory, organization, product, etc. Depending on the exercises, we may refer to inventory, Bilan Carbone®, carbon footprint, and so on. The generic term: "GHG Inventories" covers all these approaches, as presented on this site.

This diagnostic makes it possible for organizations to make a situational analysis of their year of activity, for all their greenhouse gas emissions, broken down per emission category, with the purpose of identifying possible reduction action levers.

To find out more about the issues of carbon accounting:

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