Organization Type
National Government Agency
500 route des Lucioles
06560 Valbonne Sophia Antipolis
Marc Cottignies

ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency)

ADEME is active in the implementation of public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development. ADEME provides expertise and advisory services to businesses, local authorities and communities, government bodies and the public at large, to enable them to establish and consolidate their environmental action. As part of this work, the agency helps finance projects, from research to implementation, in its areas of action.


  1. Objectif CO2 emissions reduction program for road freight transport: The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE) and ADEME, working with all the professional organizations in the field of road freight transport, have developed a voluntary CO2 emissions reduction program including a Charter of commitment for progress and a Label to underscore and highlight results. In the framework of a charter of commitments, transport companies pledge to work towards an overall CO2 emissions reduction goal over a period of three years. They commit to implementing an action plan that includes at least one measure in each of four areas: vehicles, fuels, drivers, and logistics (organization of transport flows). The label is awarded to companies that reach a high performance level in terms of CO2 emissions. This label enhances the company’s image with suppliers and customers. It is awarded on the basis of an independent audit conducted to verify data and the level of environmental performance (CO2 emissions). Performance is measured on the basis of European HBEFA (HandBook of Emission Factors for Road Transport) reference data, which include data for the French vehicle fleet. Both the Charter of commitments and the Label are administered via an online platform, The Objectif CO2 program is the only national mechanism in France that offers an overall reference framework and guidance on CO2 emissions reductions to freight transport companies. It has already attracted over 1,200 road transport companies since its inception in December 2008.
  2. FRET21 emissions reduction program for shippers : The “FRET21” initiative aims to encourage businesses acting as shippers to better integrate transportation’s impact into their sustainable development strategy. Every business involved in FRET 21 will sign an agreement with the ADEME in which it will specify a CO2 emissions reduction goal and will pledge to undertake actions in order to achieve it. All companies are concerned, whatever their size and activities. From 2015 to 2020, 1,000 enterprises could be involved into the initiative, creating a 0.4 million ton reduction in CO2 emissions. “FRET21” should thus meaningfully contribute to expected efforts to reduce 2020 transport emissions to 1990 levels. The signatory company can implement different types of actions, divided into four axes: • loading ratio: optimization of palletized loads, and of delivery conditions; reduction in empty runs, pooled supply management … • Distance traveled: optimization of site positioning, of production allocation and of clients… • Means of transport: selection and optimization of road vehicles, use of alternative routes • Purchasing services: taking into account CO2 performance transport solution information when choosing transport companies ”FRET21” is a continuation of the “Objectif CO2” program.
  3. Info CO2 mandatory GHG information on transport services : In order to enable them to direct their choice towards the least issuing transports, the L.1431-3 modified clause of the transportation code imposes on passengers, goods and moving transport businesses to inform their customers of the greenhouse gas emissions of their service with their point of origin and destination located on the domestic territory. The clauses D.1431-1 to D.1431-23 of the transportation code set the calculation guidelines common to all modes of transport. They specify the modalities of information of the beneficiary as well as the agenda of the measures’ implementation. The greenhouse gases taken into account are those emitted when the means of transport are operational and those originating in the earlier phase of the production of sources of power (refining, transport, distribution, etc.). This approach guarantees fair treatment between means of transport using fuel and those running on electrical power. The clauses describe the general methodology enabling the transport company to calculate the amount of the power source consumed by multiplying the result of the kilometric rate of consumption of the power source of the means of transport by the distance. The amount of energy is then multiplied by an emission factor specific to each type of energy. This factor establishes the correspondence between the amount of power and the amount of greenhouse gas emitted. The entry into application of this measure took place on October 1rst, 2013. The energy transition for green growth law (18th august 2015), has extended the scope to all greenhouse gases.