Sustainable Development

ECOCEM France's business fits into this programme. ECOCEM France recycles a secondary material, granulated slag, from the production of cast iron by the iron and steel industry.

What is industrial ecology ?

Industrial ecology derives from environmental management. It aims to meet the individual and emerging needs of companies which, under pressure from regulations in particular, include environmental considerations in their strategy. Industrial ecology limits material losses in industrial processes by developing synergies between companies and in so doing creating value.

Carbon credits

The Kyoto protocol is an international treaty aimed at reducing the emission of greenhouse gases as part of the United Nations framework convention on climate change whose participating countries have been meeting once a year since 1995.

Signed on the 11 December 1997 during the Convention’s 3rd annual conference (COP 3) at Kyoto, in Japan, it came into force on the 16th February 2005 and was ratified by 168 countries in 2010. This protocol aims to reduce, between 2008 and 2012 and by 5.2% relative to 1990 levels, the emissions of 6 greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen dioxide and three chlorofluorocarbon substitutes. As a result of the Kyoto Protocol, the principle of compensating for CO2 emissions involves the financing of environmentally-friendly projects.

To enable this mechanism to operate, the tonne of carbon dioxide has become the subject of a market in securities called carbon credits. The parties involved in the market (States, companies and even individuals) can buy or sell carbon credits as required thus creating an international market, which is not without its problems.

In France, however, CO2 compensation is carried out voluntarily. It targets companies, local government bodies or individuals who are not subject to regulatory constraints regarding their emission of GHGs (Greenhouse gases). Every one of us can voluntarily buy carbon credits to compensate for the CO2 emissions for which we are responsible.

The best emissions are no emissions

So before thinking of compensating, we should think of reducing GHG emissions. The voluntary compensation of GHG emissions should be considered as a “plus” in the campaign against climate change.


Experts from Ecocem France are available.


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