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GreenHouse Gas (GHG)
ECOCERT Group is already involved in areas of sustainable development and climate change. One of its subsidiaries, ECOCERT Environment, specializes in recognition and enhancement of the performance of organizations with regards to sustainable development and climate change. With all this expertise, ECOCERT Canada decided to offer new services to contractors, businesses, municipalities, government agencies and other institutions to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Greenhouse gas and climate change :
The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon which retains a portion of solar radiation on the earth and keeps the Earth's surface an average temperature of 15 °C and therefore suitable for life.
However, since the beginning of industrialization in the 18th century, this phenomenon has become more unbalanced and has intensified by the growing consumption of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas...) whose combustion generates significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere grew exponentially during the last century, going from 278 to 397 parts per million (ppm), while the global average temperature has risen by 0.85 °C .
A strong scientific and citizen consensus exists on the need to move towards a low GHG-emitting society. In December 2015, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), 195 countries adopted a global agreement by consensus to tackle the issue of climate change. This agreement set a goal of limiting global warming to less than 2°C by 2100, thus following the established target set out by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).