Sustained commitment of CITEPA

CITEPA's responsibility with a regard to a sustainable development extends over three dimensions of the word "sustainable":

  • At the economical level, CITEPA is an association of French law 1901, that is to say a non-profit-making organisation.,
  • At the societal level, CITEPA's mission is to produce and to circulate to a wider audience information on atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gases which is reliable, transparent and neutral. The Ministry in charge of Ecology supports CITEPA with this role of communication to public or private bodies.
    Furthermore, CITEPA commits to promote the diversity (age, sex, origin) within its teams, in particular through recruitment and promotion of its staff. At present, the distribution of CITEPA's staff is 13 women and 12 men. CITEPA reaches parity.
  • At the environmental level, CITEPA's statutes (dating from 1961) specify that CITEPA has for mission "to know, coordinate, promote, realise and to circulate studies, scientific and technical researches concerning atmospheric pollution". Thus CITEPA tries to alert and facilitate the reduction of atmospheric pollutant and greenhouse gases emissions from various economic actors.
    Furthermore, due to its associative mission, CITEPA wishes to strengthen capacities of France, and beyond, those of the emerging countries, to correctly estimate the atmospheric contaminant emissions that contribute to air quality degradation and to the global warming.

CITEPA's carbon footprint

Within the framework of its commitment in favour of the environment and in a totally voluntary approach (CITEPA is not subjected to regulatory obligation), CITEPA has realised its second carbon footprint calculation for the year 2013 (following the previous exercise forafter that concerning year 2012) to communicate with full transparency on its activities and plan some actions of emission reduction.

The current CITEPA's carbon footprint, calculated thanks to the Bilan Carbone® tool of ABC (Association Bilan Carbone) was realised for year 2013 and takes into account all activities the association exploits ("operational control" approach according to the decree n° 2011-829). It takes into account, on one hand, the two compulsory scopes according to the decree n° 2011-829 (scope 1: direct greenhouse gases emissions and scope 2: indirect emissions related to energy consumption (electricity for example)) and, on the other hand, the scope 3 (other indirect emissions, as for example business travels) which is optional with regard to the regulations.
Furthermore, the current carbon footprint includes emissions due to the relocation of CITEPA in October 2013 in bigger offices (space gain of 50%).

Results of CITEPA's carbon footprint

CITEPA's annual greenhouse gases emissions for 2013 amount to 141.5 t CO2e (CO2 equivalent), that is 5.6 t CO2e/employee and 5.1 g CO2e /euro (net sales). As a comparison, the French annual value is 6.8 t CO2e/inhabitant for 2010 (source: SECTEN report made by CITEPA - April, 2014).

These emissions are generated by the three scopes quoted previously. The distribution by scope and by sub-category is presented on the following figure.

Results of carbon footprint: greenhouse gases emissions from CITEPA for the year 2013 per post ( such as described in the decree n°2011-829)

  Emissions de GES
Catégories d'émissions Numéros Postes d'émissions CO2
Autres gaz
(t CO2e)
Catégorie 1 - Emissions directes de GES 1 Emissions directes des sources fixes de combustion 3,9 0,000 0,000 0 4,0 0
2 Emissions directes de sources mobiles à moteur thermique 0,27 0,0000041 0,000008 0 0,27 0
3 Emissions directes des procédés hors énergie 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Emissions directes fugitives 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Emissions issues de la biomasse (sols et forêts) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sous total Catégorie 1 4,2 0,000 0,000 0 4,2 0
Catégorie 2 - Emissions indirectes associées à l'énergie 6 Emissions indirectes liées à la consommation d'électricité         1,9 0
7 Emissions indirectes liées à la consommation de vapeur, chaleur ou froid         3,3 0
Sous total Catégorie 2         5,2 0
Catégorie 3 - Autres émissions indirectes de GES 8 Emissions liées à l'énergie non incluses dans les postes 1 à 7         1,3 0
9 Achats de produits ou services         56,3 0
10 Immobilisations des biens         12,4 0
11 Déchets         1,2 1,4
12 Transport de marchandise amont         0,5 0
13 Déplacements professionnels         42,8 0
14 Franchise amont         0 0
15 Actifs en leasing amont         0 0
16 Investissements         0 0
17 Transport des visiteurs et des clients        


18 Transport de marchandise aval         0 0
19 Utilisation des produits vendus         0 0
20 Fin de vie des produits vendus         0,02 0,0
21 Franchise aval         0 0
22 Leasing aval         0 0
23 Déplacements domicile travail         3,7 0
24 Autres émissions indirectes         0 0
Sous total Catégorie 3         132,0 1,4


Distribution of greenhouse gases emissions from CITEPA for the year 2013 per scope

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In 2013, direct greenhouse gases emissions (scope 1) represented 4.2 t CO2e, that is 3% of total CITEPA's emissions, indirect emissions related to energy consumption (scope 2) represented 5.2 t CO2e, that is 3,7% and other indirect emissions (scope 3) represented 132 t CO2e, that is 93.3%.


Greenhouse gases emissions from CITEPA for the year 2013 per scope

II.2.DD Figure2 15 

Expectations of CITEPA's employees regarding sustainable development

Through a questionnaire, CITEPA's employees were asked about CITEPA's sustainable development policy in order to try to improve it and to fix an objective of decrease of the greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaking of reducing its environment impact and improving societal aspect, CITEPA has kept several actions which must be applied as best as possible by all CITEPA's staff as far as reasonable. All the ideas presented below in terms of sustainable development come from answers obtained from CITEPA's employees via this questionnaire.


Concerning the energy, actions already established or to be established are the following ones:

  • switch off computers, screens and photocopiers (not set in sleep mode) every evening except the days of data backups,
  • do not leave lights switched on in office and meeting rooms if they are vacant,
  • install less energy-consuming neon when replacements,
  • install thermometers in offices with an objective of 20°C,
  • limit the use of air conditioners especially during the winter in mode "heating" as far as the collective heating already works.


Concerning waste, several actions can be implemented to CITEPA. In the new offices, the selective sorting is not operational. CITEPA can thus try to establish its own selective sorting:

  • for paper and cardboard, CITEPA can call a company specialized in collecting paper/cardboard,
  • for glass, batteries, bulbs and neons, the waste sorting should be made on a voluntary basis by staff initiatives to take waste on the collecting places,
  • for the recyclable waste, CITEPA could request the property management company for implementing waste sorting,
  • for ink cartridges and toners, CITEPA could forward them by post to the suppliers.


Concerning water, some actions can be implemented:

  • install water savers on taps (objective: save up 5l/min during the use),
  • install economical flushes,
  • favor decanters to plastic bottles for water.


Concerning raw material, actions already established or to be established are the following ones:

  • favor the use of recycled materials, for paper for example,
  • in the case of a purchase, be interested in the origin, in the aspect "Corporate social responsibilities of Companies" of the brand,
  • decrease internal printings (print only when it is necessary),
  • favor printing on both sides,
  • re-use paper coming from missed prints as draft paper.


For the emission reductions due to travels, some actions are already implemented, others could be done:

  • favor as much as possible public transportation while avoiding plane, as long as it is possible and reasonable,
  • incite CITEPA's visitors to act in the same way (example: not mentioning parking places or taxis addresses on the access map),
  • use, as often as possible, service providers near Paris.


Finally concerning the societal aspect, CITEPA already leads actions on a societal point of view but can also decide to implement others:

  • buy organic food (fruits, etc.) for CITEPA's employees,
  • give objects considered unusable in the CITEPA,
  • provide reusable bags,
  • some ideas of eco citizenship:
    • use solid soaps rather than soaps in plastic contents,
    • favor lunches limiting waste,
    • replace disposable towels by fabric towels in bathrooms.

Once CITEPA will have implemented those various actions, it would have done the maximum to reduce its emissions without impeding its work.