This report is the result of work done by a group which includes representatives of the authorities and industry (members of Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE) – see list in annex), which met between 14 January and 27 March.

It reflects the shared opinions of the majority of the Working Group’s members, and does not commit the organisations for which they work.

It is one of the measures contained in the “National programme for combating climate change” released by the government on 19 January 2000.

It also fits in an international context in which experiments concerning and schemes for emission permit trading systems are being established (cf. Chapter 2).

Finally, it refers in part to the “Proposal by Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE) for an effective system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the manufacturing sector”, as well as the report of the “Industry” Working Group established by MIES (Interministerial Task Force on climate change) in the first half of 1999.