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 An impartial reference body

CITEPA (Interprofessional Technical Centre for Studies on Air Pollution) is a non-profit organization. It impartially calculates, verifies and disseminates information on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and atmospheric pollutants. CITEPA produces emissions inventories, operating for the French Environment Ministry (MEEM), conducts emissions audits and reviews and contributes to capacity-building, thereby furthering action to mitigate climate change and reduce atmospheric pollution in France and internationally. CITEPA has 85 members (industry, trade bodies, energy production and distribution companies, consultancies, research institutes, measuring laboratories and approved associations for monitoring air quality [AASQA]).

For over 20 years, CITEPA's flagship activity has been the production of France's annual inventory of GHG and air pollutant emissions. As the national focal point for air emissions in France, CITEPA draws on reliable statistical sources and expert studies in every sector of activity to estimate, compile, synthesise and distribute data, analyses and other relevant information for public and private professionals and organisations. In doing so, CITEPA operates as a technical intermediary between the State (MEEM in particular) and businesses, especially those needing to comply with regulations on air pollution and climate. CITEPA has ISO 9001 certification acknowledging the rigorous conduct of its work and especially the production of inventories and studies. Finally, CITEPA's reliability and impartiality are guaranteed by the annual audits of its inventories by international experts, from the UNFCCC and UNECE in particular.


CITEPA’s expertise in keywords

Inventories, studies (projections, GHG emissions reporting, solvent management plans, MRV audits), integrated approach to air pollutants/greenhouse gases, capacity building, training, decision support, portal for technical, scientific, policy, legislative, regulatory and economic information on air pollutants and greenhouse gases in France, the EU and internationally.

CITEPA's staff comprises some 25 expert engineers specialising in key emissions sectors and in a wide range of air pollution/climate issues. They are also members of worldwide expert networks on mitigation (e.g. International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV, LEDS Global Partnership) and contribute to capacity-building in the field of inventories and projections in different regions in the world: Asia (including China), Mexico, Serbia, French-speaking Africa.


CITEPA's mission

CITEPA's mission as set out in its Articles of Association is to understand, coordinate, promote, conduct and disseminate studies, tests and scientific and technical research concerning atmospheric pollution. The climate change issue is central to the topics CITEPA works on.

Our mission is conducted for the French public authorities and for French and foreign government departments and businesses.

Our status as the reference institution on air pollution, with ISO 9001 certification for the production of inventories, clearly indicates that CITEPA is not a lobbying organisation. CITEPA works on environmental issues, in the common interest and strictly on a not-for-profit and non-partisan basis.


Solutions proposed by CITEPA

CITEPA combines the activities of an association (interactive exchanges of information on air pollution and climate change) and expert studies (inventories, studies, advisory services and training).

As an association, CITEPA organises conferences on topical issues, provides professionals, and its members in particular, with an exhaustive website offering a portal to data on air pollution and climate topics, collaborative platforms: the Transboundary Air Pollution Forum (CLRTAP and EU expertise work) and techno-economic activities concerning emission reductions through the UNECE Expert Group on Techno-economic issues (EGTEI). CITEPA disseminates information to its members in the form of publications tracking policy, legislative, scientific and technological developments on air pollution, climate and energy at national, EU and international levels, in summary form via a monthly newsletter - C'est dans l'Air – and through in-depth analysis via the Fiches de Synthèse. CITEPA takes part in and organises consultative meetings between industry and government departments. Our experts respond individually to members' technical, policy and regulatory questions.

The CITEPA website is updated at least twice a week with topical news.

CITEPA conducts studies under contract for public or private organisations to support decision-making and action to prevent and reduce air pollution and mitigate climate change.

To carry out its mission for the French Environment Ministry, CITEPA produces national inventories of atmospheric pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions to meet France's international commitments, in particular to the EU and the United Nations (UNECE).

CITEPA also carries out techno-economic and forward studies for government departments in France and elsewhere to support them in defining their future national commitments, and for businesses and local government bodies to help them define or achieve their targets for health, ecosystem impacts, air quality and emission thresholds.

CITEPA offers training courses, expert services, advice, greenhouse gas emission audits, other types of audits (e.g. volatile organic compound audits) and support to local government and businesses. Besides its work at national level, CITEPA also acts in an expert capacity for the EU and within international working groups on transboundary air pollution.

Capacity building for foreign administrations (Mexico, China, Serbia, Tunisia, Morocco, etc.) on producing emissions inventories is a task CITEPA is devoting increasing time to.


An information issuer

CITEPA tracks political, legislative, regulatory, scientific, technological and economic developments on climate change and atmospheric pollution at international, European (EU) and national (France and other individual countries) levels and disseminate summaries of this information via our regular publications (daily news in brief on our website [], our monthly newsletter C’est dans l’air, Technical Summaries (Fiches de Synthese), in-depth analyses and briefing notes on a specific theme,...) aimed, not only at its members and national and subnational administrations and agencies, but also at a wider audience of experts, economic and political decision-makers, researchers and journalists. These summaries are written in an impartial, educational and technical style.

CITEPA acts as a two-way bridge between the private and public sectors on initiatives, emission reduction techniques, statistical analyses, emission scenarios, improving methodologies, subnational policies, etc.


CITEPA's central position as an objective and impartial expert institution

CITEPA conducts studies for industries, professional bodies, French and foreign government bodies, local authorities, the European Union, international organisations, consultancies and research institutes, to produce inter alia emissions inventories, technical or methodology guides, greenhouse gas emission audits, solvent management plans, VOC audits, forward studies, simulation tools, reviews of legislative and/or regulatory measures and CO2 monitoring plans. This is a non-exhaustive list.

Today, over and above its emissions inventories, CITEPA is recognised as a reference institution nationally, in the EU and internationally.

CITEPA's assets

ISO 9001 quality certification

CITEPA has received ISO 9001 certification from the French Quality Assurance Association (AFAQ) for its work on studies and inventories since 2004. Since then, certification has been renewed each year following the different monitoring and renewal audits. Our quality management system is constantly being improved to ensure increasing customer satisfaction. Every stage in the development of CITEPA's products (studies, inventories, audits, expertise, training, etc.) complies with the processes and procedures defined and maintained in our Quality Management System (QMS), particularly as regards the following: conducting its air emission inventories, technical studies (techno-economic and forward studies as well as regulatory analyses) and audits and for the dissemination of information on air pollution and climate change.

Referenced, international, reliable, concise and integrated tracking

  1. CITEPA traces back developments, analyses the sequence of events and goes back to the origins of decisions made under international negotiations and other policy developments, backing up the information provided with authoritative sources and references. Readers are thus able to put into perspective and place into a historic, scientific and policy context a decision, an event and data in a continuous chain for 50 years;
  2. CITEPA uses the exact technical vocabulary, ensuring precision and accuracy, providing the necessary expert checks. It is thus more a retranscription of decisions, data and communications than interpretation;
  3. CITEPA identifies, selects, analyses, compiles and summarises information gleaned from an extensive number of international sources, published in English and in French;
  4. CITEPA simultaneously addresses issues concerning greenhouse gases and air pollutants, with an emissions approach rather than a thematic approach (for example climate, health or air quality only). CITEPA has a cross-cutting approach geared towards emissions data, whatever the type of emissions (greenhouse gases or air pollutants) and the related policy level (national, EU, international) etc.

In charge of the National System of Air and Greenhouse gas Emissions Inventories and Audits (SNIEBA)

The Ministerial Order of 24 August 2011 establishing the National System of Air and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventories and Audits (SNIEBA) extends and replaces the Order of 29 December 2006 establishing the earlier system of air pollutant inventories (SNIEPA). In addition to the provisions on the national system of emissions inventories, which are unchanged, the new Order provides for the organisation of two new national coordination centres until 31 December 2012. These are the Local-level Inventories National Coordination Centre (PCIT) (cf. articles L. 221-6, L.222-1 and R.222-15 of the French Environment Code) and the National Coordination Centre for Greenhouse Gas Emission Audits in France (cf. article 75 of Act n° 2010-788 of 12 July 2010).

The production of national air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions inventories is one of CITEPA's main regular tasks under the SNIEBA (Ministerial Order of 24 August 2011), resulting from CITEPA's designation by the French Environment Ministry (General Directorate for Energy and Climate or DGEC) in accordance with the Orders of 29 December 2006 and 24 August 2011.

Scientific secretariat and co-chair of the Task Force on Techno-Economic Issues (TFTEI) - emission reduction techniques and costs under the Geneva Convention

The Expert Group on Techno-Economic Issues (TFTEI) works under the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. It was established on a French initiative and is currently co-presided by France and Italy, with Jean-Guy Bartaire, CITEPA's president and Tiziano Pignatelli from Italy's ENEA as co-chairs. TFTEI is financed by the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) and coordinated by CITEPA in cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Industry experts and experts appointed by the Parties follow the working group's activities. Its role is to provide techno-economic data on reduction techniques, for use by the Centre for Integrated Assessment Modelling (CIAM) represented by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Interactive platform for TFTEI

Facilitation for the Transboundary Air Pollution Forum

The members of the Transboundary Air Pollution Forum, created in 1998, are representatives from the French Government, public institutions such as ADEME or the National Institute for Industry, Environment and Risks (INERIS), professional bodies and industry. CITEPA acts as the facilitator of this Forum. Its role is to provide information, analyses and synopses, but also to represent its members. In its capacity as facilitator, CITEPA therefore contributes as an official French expert institution to certain working groups under the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. In particular, it monitors the work of the Task Force on Integrated Assessment Modelling (TFIAM).

Interactive platform for Transboundary Air Pollution Forum

Facilitation for the International Forum

This meeting is held three times a year, and is jointly led by the International and European Affairs Department of the French Environment Ministry (MEEM) and CITEPA.

This platform brings together public and private stakeholders involved in air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, who discuss international organisational, diplomatic, strategic, regulatory, economic/financial and sectoral issues, etc. The forum does not deal with the scientific basis of issues unless they provide clarification. It is an opportunity for interaction between private and public stakeholders on the problems, the constraints and the export opportunities in the field of air pollution and greenhouse gases.

The International Forum is accessible by CITEPA members after paying a specific contribution.

Participation in the Local-level Inventories National Coordination Centre (PCIT)

The aims of the Local-level Inventories National Coordination Centre are:

    • to put forward a methodology for producing inventories, in any given area in France, of direct air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas with more than 50 000 inhabitants where air quality is, or is likely to be, below current standards,
    • to evaluate all methodological changes applied to produce the territorial inventories required to assess air quality.

The centre is piloted by the French Environment Ministry's DGEC, with INERIS managing the secretariat.

The centre's activities are organised around a coordination and facilitation group, made up of CITEPA, INERIS and the National Federation of Approved Air Quality Monitoring Associations (AASQA) and several technical workshops.