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If Paris Agreement's mitigation goal was a marathon?

What if a company sets relevant GHG reduction targets but inconsistently invests in GHG intensive assets and grows its production faster than its 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 the 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 company’s GHG disclosure wall. 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 a relevant decarbonisation strategy with an 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.

For companies whishing to initiate and develop a low-carbon strategy

For companies with scientific objectives
or a transition plan ready to be tested.

ACT is a welcomed initiative as it takes a holitic approach to corporates decarbonization and goes beyond transparency requiremens to ensure the companies' performance and alignment with a low-carbon transition"

Charlotte Gardes, Deputy Head of the Financial Stability, French Finance Ministry.

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. The 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 does 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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Corporate Climate Strategy

Targets, Material Investment, R&D, Sold Product Performance, Management, Supplier Engagement, Clients Engagement, Policy Engagement, Business Model

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.

ACT Adaptation methodology experimentation

The ACT Initiative launched in Q2 2022 an experimentation of its complementary method addressing corporate climate adaptation accountability.

Indeed, despite recommendations from TCFD and the Europe Commission work on CSRD standards, there is no framework covering adaptation issues for companies. 

Watch the replay of our webinar to learn all things about ACT Adaptation methodology, the benefits for companies when they joined the experimentation and the schedule for this project.

Read the new ACT Adaptation Methodology.

How can ACT help your company?

Your journey with ACT
towards a low carbon alignment with the Paris Agreement

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Cement

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Electric

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Glass

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Oil&Gas

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Retail

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ACT is an international initiative engaging with stakeholders globally including companies. Through co-founder ADEME, the French Agency for Ecological Transition, ACT has successfully engaged with French companies, including through the French voluntary program, are well represented as participating companies. 

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 project in your region. 

ACT provides a framework to understand what type of information to seek in order to position the level of advancement of our clients.”

Thuy-Tien Gluck, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Continental Europe.

ACT Assessment results

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