If Paris Agreement's mitigation goal was a Marathon?

What if a company sets relevant GHG reduction target but inconsistently invests in GHG intensive assets and grows its production faster than GHG reduction? That might lead to no actual GHG reduction at all, aka setting target but missing the goal !

Carbon neutrality is a marathon for which it’s better to have relevant equipment and training program to run and end the race.

Setting GHG reduction targets aligned with demanding decarbonisation scenarios should not be just another brick in the companies’ GHG disclosure wall. But it should lead to actual strategic shifts towards a low carbon economy.

Quantifying GHG emissions and setting GHG reduction targets should be the stepping stones to support and develop relevant decarbonisation strategy with associated transition plan and roadmap.

ACT uses measurement as input data. Reporting and commitment are good practices valued in ACT.
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MEASUREMENT

Measurement is the first step to reducing environmental impacts, on the basis that 'what gets measured gets managed'. A complete inventory of GHG emissions helps organizations understand their emissions profile and identify opportunities for emissions reduction.

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REPORTING

Transparent reporting consistent with climate standards is essential to achieving a low-carbon economy. Stakeholders can hold transparent organizations accountable for their performance, and sharing information brings opportunities to collaborate along the value chain.

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COMMITMENT

Public commitments provide a clear sense of direction to an organization and its stakeholders. Setting science-based targets and defining the appropriate means to achieve them lays out the pathway to meaningful climate action.

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ACCOUNTABILITY

Accountability is needed to ensure the commitments of companies deliver the low carbon economy.
ACT uses climate transition scenarios to define the specific level of ambition required for each sector.
The ACT assessment process checks companies against this science-based benchmark to produce the ACT rating while ACT Step by Step support them with developing coherent low carbon transition plan.

So what does ACT provide ?

Developed with businesses and key sectors’ stakeholders, ACT methodologies and tools represent the only international climate accountability system to support companies’ progress by developing coherent and yet ambitious decarbonisation strategies and providing independent assessment. ACT framework answers 5 key questions regarding companies climate strategies:

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COMMITMENT

Has your company committed to a low-carbon future vision?

Are your emissions reduction targets ambitious enough to get there

How quickly are you planning to act?

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TRANSITION PLAN

Do you have a transition plan to achieve your low-carbon vision?

Will it drive the evolution of your business?

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PRESENT

Does your current strategy lead to a decrease in emissions in the short-term?

Are your investment decisions today made with the long-term future in mind?

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LEGACY

How do the business decisions you made in the past influence your emissions trajectory?

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CONSISTENCY

Is your business strategy consistent with your emissions reduction targets?

Do any of your activities undermine your ability to reach a low-carbon future?

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RATING

The ACT rating combines quantitative and qualitative information on your past, present and projected business to reveal it’s alignment with the low-carbon transition.

How can ACT help your company?

Your journey towards low carbon alignment with Paris Agreement with ACT

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Participating companies

ACT provides sectoral methodologies as an accountability framework to drive corporate climate actions and align their strategies with relevant and ambitious low-carbon pathways.

ACT is an international initiative engaging with stakeholders globally including companies. ADEME being the French Agency for Ecological Transition and ACT cofounder, successful engagement with French companies to date, including through the French voluntary program, means french corporates are largely represented. ACT aims at supporting companies worldwide to contribute to global carbon neutrality through partnerships development such as the ACT – Deep Decarbonisation Pathway project.

Contact us if you are interested in setting up an ACT ecosystem in your region.

The ACT assessment provided us very interesting and useful feedback on our carbon strategy. In particular, the quantitative assessment of emissions reduction targets is a valuable input into our ongoing process of defining a new low carbon strategy and management process.”

Jean-Philippe Hermine, Environment, Strategy and Planification Director, Renault.

The main strength of the ACT methodology? It is fast and effective.”

Caroline Ramondou, Project Manager, Companie Nationale du Rhône.

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