The challenges currently brought about by carbon neutrality are a matter for all sectors. Létourneau created Carbo to help companies from all horizons deal with the topic, and empower them to manage their carbon footprint: “This subject has traditionally been the domain of experts. For the past few years, we have seen a definite democratization of these issues, particularly because of the urgency of the situation. That’s why businesses have an important role to play, because they are the ones who drive change.”
Of course, there are sectors that pollute more than others, and thus should be the object of more targeted efforts, such as transportation. Companies have a number of tools at their disposal to reduce these, such as analyzing their supply chain and buying from more local producers. Individuals can also take action by changing their travel habits and turning to practices such as slow travel.
According to Simon Létourneau, “with the notion of carbon footprint, we’re dealing with a quantifiable object – we can set targets and monitor them. It’s similar to the financial objectives of companies. This mission of calculating and reducing one’s carbon footprint can be achieved via technology, data. It’s important that this data is put to use in the service of a more ecological goal.”
These measurements allow us to establish a European ranking of the countries that emit the largest quantities of greenhouse gasses. At the top of the list are Germany (839.7 MtCO2e), France (454.8 Mt), Italy (430.7 Mt) and Poland (393.9 Mt). Spain comes in fifth with 333.6 Mt2.