Most of our resources can be downloaded here by clicking on the words in blue:

The three essentials :

The initiator file by Pierre Calame (January 2020) : comptecarbone.pdf

La tribune d’économistes dans Le Monde 29/10/2023 pour un Bretton Woods de la monnaie carbone, voir en copie

La publication « Garder la planète habitable » dans le trimestriel d’Attac février 2024


The essentials :

Le modèle de vœu à soumettre à votre conseil municipal

Les livres de Pierre Calame (dont le projet est issu),  Petit traité d’oeconomie (éditions ECLM, 2018) et Petit traité de gouvernance (2023)

Les livres d’Armel Prieur Compter (2024) et Satis (2023)

Visit Wikipedia of carbon accounting

Le reportage ARTE de juin 2023 par Richard Bonnet

La présentation du compte carbone dans le nouveau média online www.lejournal.info

L’effort porte-t-il trop sur les citoyens ? Démontrer qu’entreprises et administrations sont les premières ciblées (et bénéficiaires)

Décroissance ou non ? Démontrer que le compte carbone ne réduit pas les capacités de financement des services sociaux français


Le compte carbone d’avion :

Chacun ouvre son compte sur https://air-quotas.eu en attente de livraison des points carbone après le processus démocratique à lancer par la Commission européenne.

La tribune de Valérie dans Le Journal


Our visual aids :

Un court dessin animé  » Comment ça marche » de 1 minute 36

The comic strip by Besse and Lablanche : comptecarbone.jpg

In-store film showing users (2-minute feature) : download or play on youtube

Fanny's "j'en ai marre" film for the carbon account line (3 minutes): download or read on youtube

Marieke's descriptive postit-motion film (5 minutes) : download or play on youtube

The film-dialogue between young girls explaining the mechanism (5mn) on youtube

An outline of the Carbon Account (January 2022)

A mindmap of the mechanism (November 2021)

The TEDx conference by Côme Girschig at the Sorbonne (October 2021, 20 minutes)

The BFM docu-drama on Nov 14, 2022 on 2050 and its two hypotheses of "carbon permits" or disaster (film at 36′)

The making-off of the BFM program "2050-Ouvrons les yeux"

Two minutes to understand CO2 by France-2 : 15janvier2021.mp4


Our partners :

Feasibility study by AllocationClimat.fr (November 2021)

Visit Allocation Climat presentation by Vianney for Polytechnique engineers

The study by Will Steffen et al. on the risk of Terre-Etuve : Steffen.pdf

The study of disparities by Lucas Chancel, 2021

Ministerial sources for calculating 9t/person/year

Message of support from our UK partner, now ECOCORE

Jezabel Couppey-Soubeyran and Pierre Delandre include the carbon account in their study study on money creation, on AOC


Media :

Interview with David Van Reybrouck in Le Soir - March 14, 2023 (following his book " Nous colonisons l'avenir" (" We are colonizing the future") Actes sud, 2023)

Interview with Martin Hirsch on France inter on May 8, 2023, he advocates a carbon account mechanism at 10%/year in his novel " Les Solastalgiques" , Stock, 2023

Pierre Calame's appeal on April 17

The article in Ouest France this January 31, 2023 to propose a sobriety income from the carbon account: HERE

January 12, 2023 by Ouest France Pierre Calame's column for a national debate : TRIBUNE

January 6, 2023 begins the year with a thoughtful article in Les Echos

Article Ouest-France du député JM Fievet 12/10/2022 ( extrait)

The newsletter podcast 345ppm (June 2022)

Narbonne radio's audio interview : ECOLOCAL.mp3

The notebook for national consultation SFEC : CahierCITEGO.pdf to propose an acculturation to carbon metering

Cahier des assises du climat for SFEC : CahierEscape-jobs.pdf

Interview in AltersMedia March 2022 by Didier Raciné very interested in the differences with industrial quotas

First Ouest-France tribune February 7, 2020

Guest column by Pierre Calame in Le Monde on March 6, 2020

Opinion column StopCarbone by 80 signatories for Ouest-France on July 15, 2020

Opinion column with Dominique Méda and Michèle Rivasi in Le Monde on August 13, 2020

The call for debate published by Ouest-France on November 10, 2020

Opinion column summarizing the climate conference in Ouest France on May 22, 2021

Summary of the climate conference in LA CROIX (April 2021)

Plaidoyer contre la taxe carbone dans  Le Drenche septembre 2021 avec sa page CONTRE

"Climat, une folie sociale" featured in YONNELAUTRE (October 2021) an adaptation of Boris Cyrulnik's work

Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, in OUEST FRANCE on October 9, 2021 to avoid Glasgow-washing...

Tribune OUEST FRANCE on Nov 20, 2021 with Dominique Bourg, to choose between carbon tax and carbon account

Call for climate rationing in OUEST FRANCE 29/08/2022 by Pierre Calame with 80 signatories, copy HERE.

Interview with Armel Prieur published in L'OBS on September 14, 2022 here

Opinion column by Pierre Calame in Le Monde on October 12, 2022: fossil fuels, the end of abundance, for everyone!

Midi-Libre le 18 octobre 2022 après le travail avec AllocationClimat ICI ou en image

Interview-radio 26/10/2023 par Sophie à Granville (début compte carbone à 11’38)


Practical information sheets:

Récit du compte carbone (une fiche avec un déroulé possible de la mise en œuvre avec son schéma)

Reconciling, the carbon account: how to stop arguing over everyday gestures...

Nine rules of carbon accounting: explaining the basics in a nutshell

Carbon footprint carbon footprint calculation

Fraud Risk Response Sheet fraud risks

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (UN) : CC-supportODD.doc

Dossier by Denis Bonnelle (30-page dossier compiled after the climate conference)

Dossier by Bertrand Claverie (15-page summary of essential details)

Antonin Pottier's counter-arguments ( December 21 on carbon map)

Analysis of the Pottier dossier at the May 14, 22 symposium: Key messages on the Antonin Pottier study

Dossier critique ADEME de la valeur carbone équitable (July 2022, see pages 71-73) ICI

Résumé pour décideurs (une fiche avec l’essentiel du mécanisme)

Mechanism for for families in difficulty

Inter-company between companies

Draft monthly statement

Draft points transfer order

Proposed carbon experiment on one hundred families

A example of eight typical cases over 2022, 2035 and 2050

A summary of the EU-ETS mechanism rather ineffective

Global atlas of the rationing rates that would be required for all countries to apply the carbon account mechanism

Valérie's spring letter

Valérie's article on biodiversity loss and carbon accounting

The Geneva conference on June 1, 2022 by Pierre Calame at the Assises européennes de la transition écologique AETE

The experimental proposal for 100 families and 10 stores and services

A summary report of the symposium held on 9/17/2022

A memo on the fear of carbon

How to count carbon for labeling : carbon-content-standards.doc


Pedagogical tools :

Vidéo dessinée de 2 minutes : Comment ça marche, par Nadine

Basic slideshow : WhyCC.ppt

Counting slideshow for a detailed explanation of Will Steffen's study

Reticent slide show : free-quotas.ppt (explain to more skeptical participants using other free quotas)

Slideshow out of climate chaos : exit.ppt

Systemic slide show (starting from the global to introduce the carbon account and some examples) : lasystemiqueduclimat.pptx

Text of the BATTLE CarbonAccount AGAINST CarbonTax in Toulouse on October 6-7, 2022

Diaporama pour le colloque du Pacte du Pouvoir de Vivre (le compte carbone ne crée pas de marché carbone mais une monnaie fondante)

Diaporama pour colloque de Granville 26/9/23 « vivre bien avec cinq fois moins en 2050 »

Exposé à Poitiers le 4-10-23 : Réchauffement climatique, comment corriger

Journée de Besançon le 24 novembre 2023 avec un exposé et une battle.

Un revenu de sobriété, exposé au MFRB le 17 février 2024

Exposé-débat à Thouars le 13 mars 2024 avec un diaporama spécifique


Last but not least, the Carbon Account Collective has created a youtube to store our videos (sorry for the publicity, consume with moderation)


In the making since the 1990s, the mechanism has been described in books by Pierre Calame, David Fleming, Eric Vidalenc Vidalenc, Yannick Roudaut, Mathilde Szuba Szuba, Armel Prieur Prieur, by David Van Reybrouck, Martin Hirsch ... and on Wikipedia

The theoretical aspects of our mechanism were developed by Pierre Calame under the name of individual carbon quotas, in opposition to industrial quotas also known as "rights to pollute". He came up with the idea under the influence of Indian ecologist Anil Agarwal, who asked in 1980 "Who owns carbon sinks?
Pierre Calame detailed this in his books "Essai sur l'Oeconomie" in 2009 and then his "Petit traité d'oeconomie" in 2018. The latter can be found online. In 2020, Pierre Calame detailed the principle in his booklet "Compte carbone" which can be downloaded here :

The best summary appears in the conclusion of the Assises du climat conducted from February to April 2020: Assises du climat

These debates highlighted five criteria for the effectiveness of any mechanism aimed at curbing climate chaos:

  • 1-guarantee year-on-year progress
  • 2-integrate the entire responsibility for greenhouse gases, both through imports and local emissions
  • 3-avoid social injustice
  • 4- Involve all private and public, collective and individual players
  • 5- principle of least constraint, which contributes to the legitimacy of public action.

In addition to Pierre Calame's work, complementary studies have been carried out in England by David Flemming and Mayer Hillman, and in France by Eric Vidalenc, Yannick Roudaut and Mathilde Szuba. The English movement is supported by Carbon Watchdog, now EcoCore and its manager Adam Hardy.

Armel Prieur has produced a booklet entitled Compter for a story of a possible future in 2050 and completes it with a novel, Satis, published by Geste Editions. As son of farmers and sensitive to nuisances (which is why he chose to specialize in water treatment and nuisances at his engineering school in Poitiers - ESIP), he has been involved in the climate cause ever since Haroun Tazieff's famous debate on the subject in 1979.

It's not easy to make carbon reduction tangible! A monument has been proposed in the center of Paris, the www.decarbometre.fr: thanks to support...

Partenaires et alliés :

L’ Agence Carbone, la proposition de mise en œuvre détaillée pour tous les points pratiques, avec agence nationale, paritaire et indépendante, et ajustoirs régionaux, pour répondre à toutes questions…

L’association Escape-jobs, une démarche par l’emploi pour protéger la caractéristique de justice sociale portée par le mécanisme de compte carbone, et ses applications concrètes,

Citego, pour Cités, Territoires et Gouvernance, ce think tank apporte une ressource considérable en fiches d’action indexées dans une base de plus de mille documents, accessibles en ligne,

  L’association Allocation-Climat, un groupe émanant des Shifters (branche militante du Shift Project), il s’organise en développeur d’expérimentations et en conduite de projets.

Les Décarbonautes, à l’initiative des CRD (partenaire pour le renouvellement de la démocratie) les Décarbonautes préparent une assemblée de codécision composée de citoyens tirés au sort.

Le Pacte Civique, dans l’objectif d’inventer en commun un futur désirable, l’association multi-régionale a initié avec la CFDT le développement du Pacte du Pouvoir de Vivre rejoint maintenant par 38 organisations.

et Ar Nevez, Renaissance écologique, Wikigreen, Labos1point5, EcoCore, Climate Chance, Agir pour le Climat, Citoyens pour le Climat, Unis pour le Climat, CPIE, La Fabrique des Transitions…


To ensure that global warming does not exceed 2°C, and if possible 1.5°C, the Carbon Account responds to the scientific findings synthesized by the IPCC and to the 2015 "Paris Agreement", in which all the world's countries committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Every half-degree has considerable consequences for biodiversity, agricultural yields and their food consequences, sea levels... for our collective ability to offer greater security for the future of our youngest citizens.

Every year, France is responsible for 604 million tonnes of CO² equivalent (emissions from local and imported production, including all GHGs). That's an average of 9 tonnes per person per year. To help safeguard the climate balance, we need to reduce our emissions to 2 tonnes of CO² per person, to reach less than 100 million tonnes in 2050. That's a reduction of around 80% in 30 years. It's staggering. Every year lost makes the effort even more important.

Within this framework, the individual carbon account makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gases by relying on consumers to get companies to react. With a mechanism as simple as tracking purchases, the aim is to make all players responsible. As each person also has an individual carbon quota, which is reduced by 6% each year, we aim to bring about a change in everyone's behavior to keep the planet habitable and promote fraternal prosperity.

The starting perimeter is that of national accounts (to better track flows in and out of the national territory), but the European Union* is the target. We recommend starting up simultaneously in several countries In the same way that VAT (invented in France in 1967) was quickly adopted, this individual carbon account is intended to be implemented worldwide.

*European website: www.carbonAccount.eu and European coordination www.cequic.eu

The aim is to INSTITUTE a carbon-limiting counting mechanism...

By bringing together players from all the NGOs that support the principle of carbon accounting, the movement is equipping itself with the Institute both for its physical and organizational realities (feasibility) and for its communication and the popular and political movements that the movement can generate towards its implementation. Website, social networks, publications, petitions, referendum proposals, prototype development, sociological studies of acceptability and feasibility.

At the outset, the alliance (and this website) is supported by the Escape-jobs association for funding, liability and insurance.

Les premiers membres sont :

Valérie Cohen, coordinator

Pierre Calame, Editor

Armel Prieur, speaker

Hervé Cellard, trainer

Kristina Hakala, press

Cyril Muzellec, Corporate Relations

Nadine Robion, consultant trainer

Patrick Samama, communication symbiotique

Pascale Osma, relations Nations Unies

Olivier Ménicot, Corporate Relations

Nils Olhund, artist relations

Christophe Huchedé, carbometer

Arnaud Chambat, ingénieur

François Ledoux, relations emploi

Annabelle Berger, Ministry Relations

Bernard Fortier, SME Relations

François Blin and Jocelyn Fuseau, architects

Sébastien Ravut, communication

During the national consultation by the Ministry of Ecological Transition in 2021 for a Strategy France Energy and Climate (SFEC) it was established the booklet No. 6 with the partner CITEGO, to be found HERE for its descriptions of the acculturation and implementation of the Carbon Account.