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Using sector-specific guidance

What is a sector-specific guide?

According to the definition provided in the guidelines, a sector-specific guide "describes the principles for carrying out a greenhouse gas emissions assessment for organizations in a given sector or branch of activity". It is particularly concerned with defining the sources, sinks, gas types, necessary data and calculation methods for each significant and/or relevant emission category for the sector under consideration, in order to optimize the quantification and reporting of GHG emissions.

A sector guide is drafted with the purpose of improving the quality of GHG emission assessments produced within the sector, in compliance with the following principles: Relevance, Completeness, Consistency, Accuracy, and Transparency (ISO 14064-1, GHG Protocol).

All the elements required for carrying out a GHG emissions assessment should be included in a guide.

Note 1: A guide may describe relevant emission reduction actions

Note 2: A guide may describe relevant emission factors.


How to succeed with a sectoral approach? 

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Compilation of current sectoral processes. It provides useful recommendations for potential users of sector-specific guides (professional associations, sectoral technical organizations, business groups, etc.) to ensure the success of their sectoral approach: interest, pitfalls to avoid, deployment and long-term management.

Date : October 2013


Development of sector-specific guidance: 10 priority sectors

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After several years promoting and supporting sectoral approaches with regard to the implementation of GHG assessments, ADEME's Climate team wished to identify priority sectors for which to develop guides. This study has several aspects:

1. Determining priority sectors for undertaking new sectoral approaches for greenhouse gas accounting, with a reflection phase taking in the criteria to be taken into account (size of a sector's direct or indirect emissions, contribution of the sector to the national economy in terms of added value, jobs, etc.)

2. Meeting key stakeholders in more than a dozen pre-targeted sectors in order to understand their challenges, their carbon accounting practices, and their wishes for the future

3. Summarizing these elements in the form of sector fact sheets, completed by operational recommendations

Date: December 2013



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