Training session: Carbone 4 at the European Commission

11 December 2015

On 11 December 2015, Carbone 4 facilitated a training day in Brussels for the Environment Direction of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Sized Entreprises (EASME) of the European Commission.

The objectives of this day were to enhance the understanding of the 90 participants on individual carbon footprinting and allow them to discuss the challenges of the energy and ecological transition through participatory exercises and an open forum.

The morning session allowed participants to understand the fundamental issues on energy and climate change and to calculate the carbon footprint of fictional characters with different socio-professional categories. This exercise has nurtured an understanding of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions from our daily lives and enlightened the differentiating factors of individual carbon footprint.

In the afternoon, participants suggested topics for discussion as part of an Open Space Technology Forum and exchanged ideas. This exercise has strengthened group cohesion and enabled participants to share knowledge, best practices and ideas for collaborative projects within the department.

Participants returns were very positive:

– “I really enjoyed the day which allowed me to get to know my staff better, to discuss innovative ideas and to exchange on the way we could strengthen our professional cooperation in the future.”

– “Today I discovered the individual carbon footprint and I now want to reduce it by concrete actions.”

– “Excellent training session on low-carbon economy, well-organised and presented. A big thank you from us all!” (Didier Gambier, Department Head, European Commission Executive Agency EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises))

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