Climate change

A climate crisis

The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon which retains a portion of solar radiation on the earth and keeps the Earth's surface an average temperature of 15 °c, suitable for life. However, since the beginning of industrialization in the 18th century, this phenomenon is more unbalanced and increased by the growing consumption of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gaz...) whose combustion generates significant Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

The concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere grew exponentially during the last century, going from 278 to 379 parts per million (ppm), while the global average temperature has risen by 0.74 °c. In addition, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) recommends limiting GHG concentrations in the atmosphere at 450 ppm to contain a 2 ° C increase in average temperature on Earth. Beyond this situation, environmental and social consequences are considered as irreversible and dramatic (strong erosion of biodiversity, increase of natural disasters, multiplication of climate refugees...).

A strong scientific and citizen consensus exists on the need to move towards a low GHG-emitting society. However, no international political agreement currently allows achieving the goals set by the IPCC, while the main approaches (such as the Kyoto Protocol) remain insufficiently restrictive and adopted only by a minority of countries.

An economic crisis

Reducing GHG emissions is long-term action which, in a difficult economic environment, remains constrained by the preference of having short-term investments.

It is nevertheless crucial to act now: while the price of fossil fuels increases (scarcity of resources, growing demand in developing countries,...), the lack of action against climate change represent an increasingly serious financial impact on the global economy.

Mastering one’s GHGs: a common action on climate and economic crises.
Faced with an emergency situation and gaps in global action, local initiatives emerge anyway. More and more economic actors get committed in the fight against climate change, considering meanwhile the reduction and control of GHG emissions as a real axis of competitiveness, source of progress and opportunities.


ECOCERT aims to bring added value to existing efforts for the climate, and support those who want to act and to integrate carbon transition at the heart of their work, including through:

1. The measure of one’s GHG emissions

2. The offset of one’s GHG emissions

3. The label and management system focused on GHG reduction


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