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Schedule Of Conference Events

Tuesday 3 November 2015


Interventions translated into English


Moderator : Valery Dubois

8h45-9h30
Welcome upon arrival

9:45 –10:15 a.m.
Carbon accounting as seen by Hervé KEMPF
Special guest Hervé KEMPF is an environmental journalist who will speak on carbon accounting in France in relation to the international stakes of the COP 21 summit, bringing his outside and independent viewpoint to the conference.
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Plenary Session 1 - Mobilize organizations in Europe and in the world
The mobilization of private and public organizations requires also the implementation of ambitious climate policies.
This sharing of experience will present the positions and the perspectives of several countries.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Forum and buffet
Booths presenting the activity of carbon professionals


Four thematic workshops


2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Workshop 1 – Using business purchasing to reduce GHG emissions: it can be done!
Purchasing is a powerful lever, within territorial authorities as in companies. Purchases can account for up to 25% of GHG emissions in a local authority. In early days pioneering managers took legal risks to impose binding carbon criteria. Where do we stand today?
 
Purchasers and suppliers alike, come discover methodological and technical options for acting directly on business purchasing as recounted by those with experience:
- environmental comparison tools
- priority focus on areas with significant impact – IT equipment, buildings, transport, food service
- treatment of details in specifications, terms of reference and tender offers
- networks and tools.
 
Optimising local authority budgets, the new National Action Plan for Sustainable Public Procurement, COP 21 at the end of the year: this is the time to set up a comprehensive responsible purchasing strategy, and a prime opportunity to undertake the transition to a circular economy.


2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Workshop 2 – Stimulate your taste buds, not your GHG emissions!
Nourishment is a daily need, yet few citizens are aware of the environmental impact of food.
Representing 25% of the average GHG emissions for an individual in France, changing our food habits is unavoidable if we hope to mitigate climate change in this century. The good news is that food and eating are cultural practices that are constantly changing, and there are many levers for modifying them. There are at least three greenhouse gases involved, many emitting activities, and these emissions are for the most part not energy emissions (unlike other sectors of activity).
To get a clear idea of the terrain and not waste our efforts on symbolic measures, but focus on measures to target top priorities, this low-carbon food workshop will:
- Describe the impact of food in GHG emissions in France. To begin with, the food habits of people in France will be outlined, and the main gases, emitting activities and mechanisms.
- Discuss available mitigation levers that can be used by professionals upstream in the agriculture and foodstuffs chain.
- Highlight initiatives targeting consumers in personal and collective restaurant and food service.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Workshop 3 – Quantifying the GHG impact of an action: why and how?
The ADEME method for quantifying the GHG impact of measures taken has been available to all organisations since September 2014. A number of different measures have been assessed, in each case taking the context into account.

Businesses and local authorities will tell you about their experience, and give you their analysis of the best way to implement an action, and the benefits to be gained using the proposed method.

- How can the GHG impact of an action be quantified, before implementation, and/or afterwards?
- Can all measures be quantified?
- How can the results be exploited?


2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Workshop 4 – Multiple criteria for carbon assessment: a strategic choice for companies
You want to set up an environmental evaluation and you have to choose between a single-criterion approach, or multiple criteria: Which method for what needs? How detailed? Cost effectiveness? Are there bridges between approaches?
 
In this workshop you will hear accounts from companies who have tested different methods, with different operational, strategic and regulatory objectives, and discuss the relationship between the two approaches.


4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Plenary Session 2 – The 2°C trajectory: what innovative tools are available to guide this transition?
Many companies and local authorities began publishing their GHG emissions at the end of the 2000 decade, either voluntarily or due to regulatory requirements, with varying scopes and levels of transparency. These assessments use calculation tools and repositories that are relatively mature, well disseminated and rarely contested, primarily ISO 14064-1 and the GHG Protocol.
 
Going beyond calculation and publication of GHG emissions, some emerging initiatives take a different look at the integration of climate concerns in the practices of companies and local authorities. Taking into account other key factors for the long-term strategy of these organisations, these initiatives cast a new light on the effectiveness of their policies in relation to the 2°C trajectory.
 
- How can my organisation set pertinent long-term objectives that are in line with the 2°C goals?
- What levers are linked to putting into place an in-house carbon price?
- Setting up a Greenhouse Gas Management System (GHG MS): what are the expected outcomes?

Wednesday 4 November 2015


8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome upon arrival

Your choice of three workshops


9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Workshop 5 – Mass consumer goods at the territorial scale: high stakes and difficult integration
Global GHG accounting methods on a territorial scale generally assess emissions from consumer goods in a fairly crude fashion. A number of local authorities have grasped the importance of this category, and would like to acquire more solid data to fine-tune their action in this area, which is central to territorial climate and energy plans.
 
Based on feedback from experience in these pioneering territories, two key topics will be discussed:
- Why focus on consumer goods at a local scale?
- How can emissions in this category be accurately assessed? (methodological approaches, data, uncertainties) and what GHG reductions can be achieved with "consumer" action taken under climate and energy plans?

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Workshop 6 – Sectoral action: open discussion on
dynamics that go much farther than the guidelines!
Sectoral methodological guidelines have been progressively developed since 2009. These guidelines share an overall framework, and some 20 sectors have their own specific guidelines. The benefits of this sectoral action has been shown at the preceding conference.
This year we will:

- illustrate how various sectors approach recurrent and shared issues (the varied nature of the sector, representativeness of working groups, sharing emissions factors, etc.)
- analyse several modes of exchange after applying guidelines
- present two emerging topics: the GHG footprint of financial investments and the environmental footprint (LCA) of organisations.


9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Workshop 7 – How do we get from a site carbon footprint to a product carbon imprint?
- Workshop organised by APCC -

As a general rule company executives begin their corporate environmental evaluation with a greenhouse assessment for their organisation. To get the most from this assessment, in terms of ecodesign, communication, energy performance and more, it rapidly becomes necessary to assess the carbon footprint of products themselves.

Calculating product carbon footprints involves a second methodology, that uses some of the components of the site assessment, focusing on part of the scope (e.g. production, suppliers, energy, shipping). Sometimes the methodology can be extended to other environmental impacts.

This workshop presents the advantages of pursuing the corporate carbon assessment to obtain a product carbon footprint, and ways to move from one to the other, illustrated by feedback from companies who have made this move.


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Forum and buffet
Booths presenting the activity of carbon professionals

1:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Plenary Session 3 – Climate thinking, a chance to change models: open discussion among actors for change
Carte blanche to Emmanuel Druon-Pocheco.
To the extent that carbon footprint assessment is part of a real impetus for change, this exercise will become for some a source of competitive advantage, innovation and intelligent development in a world of energy and climate constraints.
Indeed, quantifying the carbon footprint and working to shrink it could be an opportunity to define the corporations, the territorial authorities and the post-carbon society of tomorrow.
 
This plenary session will review the strategies of the companies and territories that are looking ahead to this shift:
- Propose a new model that is more people and environment friendly: is this compatible with growth and competitiveness?
- What are the benefits generated and how are they redistributed?
- How can innovation be reconciled with controlling the GHG emissions footprint?


3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
The conference summed up by Hervé KEMPF

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Conclusion