Climate 2050: towards a carbon-free world

In just fifteen years or so, France has taken the lead in initiating voluntary and regulatory mechanisms to help private and public organisations incorporate climate and greenhouse gas issues into their organizational agenda. Alongside the Grenelle Law and Article 75 requiring companies, local authorities and public bodies to report their greenhouse gas emissions, carbon accounting is also already a well-established part of the regulatory landscape. Its importance as part of an organisation’s strategy is reaffirmed by the Energy Transition Law which perpetuates the obligation of organisations to declare their carbon emissions footprint.

Article 173 of the Energy Transition Law also makes it mandatory for companies to publish their significant indirect emissions in their annual reports and to make reducing climate change part of their policies. At the same time, the legislation directly implicates players in the financial sphere in climate change by requiring them to disclose the financial risks in their investments related to the effects of climate change, and to align their policies with energy and ecological transition.

With the 2016 enactment in France of this new legislation, the increasing voluntary mobilization of non-state actors as well as the first stock-taking exercise of the progress of the Paris Agreements coming up in 2018, it is essential that France continues its contribution to the pooling of experience and takes a proactive role in the current momentum of climate change ambition.

ADEME, like France, is a forerunner in this field. The Agency constantly develops and contributes its methods, international guidelines and databases (Base Carbone®, Base Impacts®, etc.). It provides support and guidance to those committed to reducing their carbon footprint, whether by helping them with regulatory declarations (via the “BEGES”, greenhouse gas audit, reporting platform) or through voluntary actions (via the “ACT”, Assessing Low Carbon Transition, initiative).

It is therefore natural that the Agency should pursue its federating role to promote climate consciousness, a pursuit it has already initiated with two previous conferences on the greenhouse gas accountability


 

The programme has been developed using a funnel principle: starting with the key themes for non-State actors and the Paris Agreement, the goal is to filter down the issues by developing scenarios and trajectories aimed at helping organizations define their Low Carbon strategies, so that these translate into action and into reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


The 2 days will be organized around:

Plenary sessions
Workshops (classic ones for experience-sharing, technical ones for a specialised public and creative ones with the aim of production and feedback from participants)
Side-events on key subjects relating to the conference agenda.
Prime targets will be identified for each session and focus on the concerns of the three arenas: Companies, Finance and Local authorities.
 

The ambition of the conference is to encourage constructive dialogue among all actors. The specific aim is:

  • For companies, to identify the needs of a carbon-free world and the strategic implications for the business community ;
  • For stakeholders in the finance sector, to elicit discussion of best practices but also demonstrate the needs in terms of climate risks and opportunities while enhancing this sector’s understanding of its contribution to the transition and the financing of a low-carbon society;
  • For local authorities, to encourage the deployment of low-carbon, climate-resilient strategies, for the sake of tomorrow’s citizens.