Voluntary Agreement Programme for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Description/achievement of initiative

The Voluntary Agreement Programme aims to involve the different agents of Catalan society in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by creating the technical and institutional framework necessary to support pioneering organisations in dealing with climate change and with the ability, therefore, to lead a shift towards a sustainable economic and energy model. Any Catalan organisation may join this Programme (private businesses, Public Administration bodies and non-profit organisations) with the capacity to reduce their GHG emissions.

Implementation methodologies

Through this Programme, the organisations commit to annually provide an inventory of their GHG emissions and to plan and implement measures to reduce them. The Catalan Office for Climate Change works alongside and guides the organisations throughout this process and the Programme is based on four core principals: commitment, a voluntary nature, rigor and transparency.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Government of Catalonia
Progress reports
As of June 2012, a total of 64 businesses and organizations are members of the Programme. It is expected to increase in a similar rate of 20 companies/year in the following years.
Staff / Technical expertise
Annual report for each committed organization on its Programme progress and achievements
Staff / Technical expertise
List of Programme committed organizations by the Catalan Office for Climate Change

Basic information
Time-frame: - 2020
Government of Catalonia
Contact information
Salvador Samitier i Martí, Director, The Catalan Office for Climate Change, Government of Catalonia, salvador.samitier@gencat.cat
United Nations