Article 75 of the Environment Code published on July 12, 2010 states that a carbon balance sheet
is mandatory for companies with more than 500 employees in metropolitan France and 250 in the French overseas departments and territories. If a company does not comply with this mandatory carbon balance
rule, it risks a penalty of €10,000, €20,000 in the event of a repeat offence. In addition to complying with the legislation, companies have several (good!) reasons to carry out a carbon
balance sheet. The first
is to enable all employees to become aware of the importance of their GHG emissions. Once the carbon balance
is established, it is easier to manage the reduction of emissions in order to fight effectively against global warming.
More utilitarian, the second reason
is the better apprehension of one's dependence on fossil fuels. The more important it is, the more the company is likely to incur serious economic risks. Indeed, the price of a barrel of oil is extremely volatile... If they collapse at the moment while Europe is still confining itself, they could rise significantly in
the coming months, as they did in May 2020. The third reason
is that more and more decision-makers, under pressure from consumers, are tending to sideline suppliers and service providers whose carbon footprint leaves something to be desired... According to an
analysing consumer behaviour in France, Spain, Portugal and Hungary, the sustainability of a brand is more than ever a factor of choice. In fact, 90% of respondents said they expect more commitment from brands. So, sitting on the sidelines to save the price of a carbon footprint? Not really a good idea.