Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission balance sheet

Why a GHG emissions balance sheet?

The carbon footprint of the Student COP2 is carried out to initiate a reflection on low carbon impact practices, but also for the sake of transparency. We want to show through this process that we are aware of the environmental impact of the event, and that we are doing our best to achieve a professional festival with low CO2 equivalent emissions.

 - Update edition 2021 coming soon - 

   Through this work we would like to encourage institutions of higher education as well as companies to think about ecological actions aimed at reducing their carbon footprint.

     For the realization of this greenhouse gas (GHG) emission balance sheet, we used the method and database proposed by the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency). The study framework of the Student COP2 includes all the activities related to and generated by the organization and running of the weekend.

We will regularly update the event's GHG balance calculation!

- Update edition 2021 coming soon -

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Exemple de calcul d’impact : le papier

Action and measures to reduce the GHG balance sheet:

   With a view to reducing the carbon impact of the Student COP2, advice, simulations and reflections have been undertaken. You can have below a small overview of them.
    During the canvassing of French universities, it was necessary to travel all over France to present our project. To reduce the environmental impact of transportation, which today in France accounts for more than 30% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we carried out various "road planning" scenarios to optimize our train journeys.

   An event such as this one involves a significant use of digital. We have therefore provided several tips to the organization to limit the impact of digital. The advice is for example to limit the sending of emails (especially with attachments), to recommend sharing documents by link especially if the document is already stored online. We would also have liked to reduce the use of social networks, and the publication of videos. But in order not to potentially reduce the visibility of the event, we did not undertake any real actions in this area.

The limits of GHG balance sheets

A GHG emissions balance sheet is a tool for observing, identifying and accounting for the carbon footprint of an activity. It is expressed in CO₂ emission equivalents. While being a relevant indicator for measuring the environmental impact of a population or a country on the climate, carbon accounting is not the answer to everything. In fact, a GHG balance sheet is marred by significant uncertainties, of the order of at least 20%. These uncertainties are due to: strong assumptions, necessary during the life cycle analysis of a product, but also to the manufacturing, transport and handling processes of a product.
It is therefore necessary to keep a critical mind in front of a data of emissions from CO₂, and to wonder under which hypotheses the calculation was made. Moreover, a GHG balance sheet does not take into account the environmental impact of soil pollution and water use, for example. For a global study of its ecological footprint, accompanying its GHG emissions balance sheet with other indicators can provide a more accurate view of its impact.

Due to the current situation caused by the coronavirus, the Student COP2 of April 4&5, 2020 had to be cancelled. The GHG balance sheet that we are presenting to you is a provisional balance sheet that only takes into account the activities related to its organization until its cancellation.
This GHG balance sheet will be subject to change when we resume our activities.

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