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Climate Governance: Implementing public policies to calculate and reduce organisations carbon footprint

Reference: LIFE14 GIC/FR/000475 | Acronym: LIFE Clim'Foot



The European Union has a set of objectives and policies to mitigate climate change and to shift towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. These objectives require the involvement of all European stakeholders with the support of national policymakers. The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) has led to the development of national policies targeting the most polluting industries by calculating their direct greenhouse-gas emissions. However, no common framework has been proposed for reaching less-polluting organisations. Evaluation of indirect emissions is important as a basis for reducing the global environmental footprints of these organisations. The complexity of assessing indirect emissions has meant that demand from organisations for such schemes has not been matched by their availability: only a few countries have implemented public policies in this area.


Clim'Foot set out to support the implementation of public policies that will give public and private organisations incentives to calculate and reduce their carbon emissions.

This would involve the following steps:

  • launch of a European network around the concept of the carbon footprint of organisations (CFO) in accordance with EU requirements, in particular the Single Market for Green Products initiative;
  • development of a capacity-building programme to train national policymakers in the implementation of public policies for both calculating and reducing the carbon footprint of organisations;
  • demonstration of the value of country-specific material for enhancing the involvement of local organisations in implementing carbon mitigation plans, based on a common EU framework;
  • bringing together the whole value chain from policymakers to investors at EU level to implement efficient mitigation plans that will both improve their environmental footprint and boost their competitiveness.


    The Clim'Foot project developed common training materials and tools, including a database of emission factors. This included 151 factors common to all EU countries, and more than 1 000 national emission factors for the 28 Member States.

    It held on-site training sessions on the CFO methodology in Croatia, Greece, Hungary and Italy. More than 300 people from 74 private sector and 35 public sector entities took part in the training.

    The project involved77 organisations in CFO programmes (51 private/26 public), enabling 48 of these to calculate their carbon footprint, and the other 29 to assess their maturity level regarding carbon footprint management.

    Five participating organisations developed greenhouse gas mitigation plans, while a further 12 expressed an interest in defining a mitigation plan.

    More than 30 policymakers from 10 EU countries were trained to use LIFE Clim'Foot's CFO tools.

    Further information on the project can be found in the project's layman report and After-LIFE Communication Plan (see "Read more" section).


    Reference: LIFE14 GIC/FR/000475
    Acronym: LIFE Clim'Foot
    Start Date: 01/09/2015
    End Date: 31/08/2018
    Total Eligible Budget: 1,471,767 €
    EU Contribution: 883,060 €
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    Coordinating Beneficiary: Agence de l'Environnement et de la Matrise de l'Energie
    Legal Status: PAT
    Address: 20 Avenue du Grsill, 49004, Angers, France
    Contact Person: Clémence GRACIA
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    • GHG reduction in non EU ETS sectors
    • Environmental training - Capacity building


    • environmental friendly procurement
    • public procurement
    • greenhouse gas accounting


    • COM(2011)112 - "A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050" (08.03.2011)
    • Directive 2014/24 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC (26.02.2014)


    Name Type
    Agence de l'Environnement et de la Matrise de l'Energie Coordinator
    IFC(Institut de Formation Carbone), France Participant
    CRES(Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving), Greece Participant
    HOI, Hungary Participant
    Ecoinn(Ecoinnovazione S.r.l.), Italy Participant
    EIHP(Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar), Croatia Participant
    ENEA(Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile), Italy Participant