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Greenly Introduces Climate Rating System to Create Transparency in Companies' Decarbonization Progress

Published by Todd Bush on October 24, 2023

PARIS, Oct. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenly, the leading carbon accounting platform that helps 1,500+ companies worldwide measure and then reduce their carbon footprint, has announced its new Climate Rating System, using a points and medal system– Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum – to measure the reality of their customers' decarbonization trajectory. This recognition reflects companies' commitment to sustainable practices and their significant efforts to address climate challenges. The emphasis on transparency and responsibility of the awarded companies aims to address the current lack of transparency in ESG ratings related to climate. It also enables Greenly's clients to access a catalog of vetted low-carbon solutions.

In 2023, a study from Scientific Beta based on 25 ESG ratings from three major providers (Moody's Analytics, MSCI Inc., and Refinitiv) revealed that well-rated companies do not emit significantly less carbon than those with lower scores. The correlation between ESG scores and carbon intensity is nearly negligible, at around 4%. This means that there is currently no reliable signaling effect to guide consumers or investors toward companies making the most substantial contributions to accelerating the energy transition.

"Despite their popularity among businesses and boards, ESG ratings do not reflect companies' carbon impact," said Alexis Normand, co-founder and CEO of Greenly. "And with increasing regulation focused specifically on carbon emissions, businesses need to have clear decarbonisation strategies which are grounded in reality."

A Measurable and Transparent Methodology

To address this lack of visibility, Greenly's Climate Analysts created a straightforward rating system that involves a comprehensive assessment of a company's greenhouse gas emissions, climate strategy, and environmental initiatives. Points are allocated in sections:

  • Creating and fine tuning your Greenhouse Gas report
    • Establishing a complete, transparent & precise baseline for your GHG journey
  • Setting Paris Agreement-aligned climate targets
    • Choosing transparent reduction targets, consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C
  • Building a solid reduction strategy
    • Building a reduction strategy consistent with meeting chosen targets, including sustainable procurement
  • Involving your teams in your climate strategy
    • Integrating the fight against climate change in corporate culture
  • Offsetting remaining emissions
    • Setting up an offsetting strategy to contribute to global Net Zero

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A company's performance across all parameters generates the Climate Score, with ratings ranging from E to A+. Companies with a rating of C and above are awarded medals, progressing on four levels from Bronze to Platinum:

  • Bronze Medal: Certifies that a company has achieved a high level of transparency and can comply with potential legal obligations. In particular, it has published an emissions report, calculating its carbon footprint, including scopes 1, 2, and 3, and has published it on ADEME/CDP.
  • Silver Medal: The company has also defined its action plans and decarbonization strategy.
  • Gold Medal: The company has also certified its decarbonization efforts over several years, and complying with SBTi standards.
  • Platinum Medal: The company and its products represent an environmentally responsible alternative compared to market standards.

"We are already proud to have a gold-level Net Zero Contributor Certification from Greenly, which has guided us in reducing our emissions and put us on the path to becoming a sustainable company," said Asif Khan, Executive Director, Supply Chain of Mondetta. "We welcome the addition of the Climate Rating System for us to reinforce our commitment to taking tangible steps including establishing our baseline carbon footprint, committing to the Net Zero Initiative Principles and beginning to implement our action plans."

"We are not on track with the Paris Agreement objectives for decarbonisation. As investors seek to finance the energy transition, and businesses seek to maintain their relevance in a climate-conscious world, they face a dilemma: prioritize real carbon reduction, or simply pursue a high ESG score," explained Normand. "These two goals can often be incompatible, so it's essential to distinguish between a genuine decarbonisation effort and a mere ESG display. Our Climate Rating System sets out to do exactly this."

For more information about Greenly's Climate Rating System, please visit:

About Greenly

Founded in October 2019 by Alexis Normand (CEO, ex-Health Director of Withings, HEC, Sciences-Po, passed through the Boston office of Withings and Techstars), Matthieu Vegreville (CTO, X-Telecom, data scientist at Withings) and Arnaud Delubac (CMO, ESSEC-Centrale, INSEE, previously in charge of digital communication in the Prime Minister's office), Offspend SAS launched Greenly in January 2020, the world's first carbon accounting platform with +1,000 corporate clients in France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Greenly's climate tech now enables all companies, regardless of their size or sector, to contribute to the fight against global warming, starting with a simple measurement of their CO2 emissions. Once the assessment has been carried out, Greenly helps them to define a roadmap to help them align themselves with a Net Zero Contributor trajectory. Greenly obtained the B-Corp label in September 2022 and intends to make its expertise available to the community.

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