French CO2 Info
Since 1 October 2013, French CO2 Info (Grenelle Environnement) require ships, river barges and freight forwarders operating or selling transport services (passengers or goods) on voyages to, from and within France to inform their customers of the quantity of CO2 emitted.
The purpose of providing CO2 information for transport services is to raise the awareness of all users of transport services of their contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to help them better direct their choices, if possible, towards less-emitting options.
French CO2 Info concern ships, river barges and freight forwarders operating or selling transport services (passengers or goods) on voyages to, from and within France.
The French CO2 Info requirement applies to all companies regardless of size (no exemption threshold) although there is a simplified methodology for companies with fewer than 50 employees.
There are four different calculation methods:
- Level 1 values: default values (CO2 emissions calculator)
- Level 2 values: average figures calculated for all the activities
- Level 3 values: mean values calculated for each sub-group of activities
- Level 4 values: real data
CO2 information is expressed in kg or tonnes of CO2 for the transport service. This information can be communicated in the quotation or after completion of the service.
The beneficiary of this information may be one of two types:
- this may be the person directly benefiting from the service, i.e. the passenger. In this case, the company issuing the tickets or transport documents can display the CO2 values on these documents
- this may be an intermediary agent (freight forwarder, etc.), re-selling the service to a customer. In this case, the company can provide this information within its booking system so that the freight forwarder provides this information to its clients.
Source: French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy