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Using a sector guide

What is a sector guide?

According to the definition provided in the guidelines, a sector guide: "describes the principles for carrying out a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the organizations within a given sector or branch of activity. It is particularly concerned with defining the sources, sinks, gas types, necessary data and calculation methods for each significant and/or relevant emission category for the sector under consideration, in order to optimize the implementation of GHG inventories.

A sector guide is drafted with the purpose of improving the quality of GHG emission inventories produced within the sector, in compliance with the following principles: Relevance, Completeness, Consistency, Accuracy, and Transparency (ISO 14064-1, GHG Protocol).

All the elements required for carrying out a GHG emissions inventory should be included in a guide.

Note 1: A guide may describe relevant emission reduction actions

Note 2: A guide may describe the relevant emission factors."


How to succeed with a sectoral approach? 

This collection of experiences from several existing sectoral approaches offers useful advice and recommendations for potential producers of sector guides (professional federations, sectoral technical organizations, groups of companies, etc.) to succeed with their sectoral approach: utility, pitfalls to avoid, deployment and development over time.

Date: October 2013

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10 priority sectors for the development of sector guides

After several years promoting and supporting sectoral approaches with regard to the implementation of GHG inventories, the Climate Service of ADEME wished to identify priority sectors for which to develop guides. This study has several aspects:

1. Determining priority sectors for undertaking new sectoral approaches for greenhouse gas accounting, with a reflection phase taking in the criteria to be taken into account (size of a sector's direct or indirect emissions, contribution of the sector to the national economy in terms of added value, jobs, etc.)

2. Meeting key stakeholders in more than a dozen pre-targeted sectors in order to understand their challenges, their carbon accounting practices, and their wishes for the future

3. Summarizing these elements in the form of sector fact sheets, accompanied by operational recommendations

Date: December 2013

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