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Public Comment Begins for the GPC draft 2.0

Submitted by: Mary Sotos and Alex Kovac
July 23, 2014

After a successful nine-month pilot test from May 2013 to January 2014, the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) has been revised and is now available for public comment until August 18th. The authors particularly welcome review by city officials, practitioners, and technical experts in the fields of energy, transportation, waste management, agriculture and forestry.

The GPC represents a joint effort between World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) with additional collaboration by the World Bank, UNEP, and UN-HABITAT. As a global reporting standard, the GPC enables cities and communities to consistently measure and report GHG emissions and develop climate action plans and low-emission urban development strategies.


Everything You Need to Know About Agricultural Emissions

Submitted by: Stephen Russell
May 29, 2014

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol launched a new guidance this week to help agricultural companies measure and manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from crop and livestock production. It is the first such international guidance for the sector, and will help underpin efforts to mitigate agriculture’s environmental impact.

But what exactly are agricultural emissions, and why is it important to manage them? Drawing on the latest research and data, here is everything you need to know about agriculture’s climate footprint.


A New Tool for Low-Carbon Agriculture in Brazil

Submitted by: Stephen Russell and Sarah Parsons
May 28, 2014

Brazil’s farms are major, global producers of beef, soybeans, sugarcane, coffee, rice, and more. Yet they’re also major producers of greenhouse gas emissions.

Two new resources aim to reduce the emissions intensity of Brazil’s agricultural sector. Today, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol launches the Agricultural Guidance and Emissions Calculation Tool, which will help Brazilian crop and livestock producers measure their greenhouse gas emissions at the farm level. By taking stock of the full emissions from their operations, farm managers can identify major emissions sources, develop reduction plans, and eventually, mitigate their climate impact.

To comprehend how important these new resources are for agricultural companies—and for Brazil as a whole—it’s important to understand the country’s evolving farming landscape.


5 Questions With Vivek Adhia: A New Program For Measuring India’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Submitted by: Stacy Kotorac
March 19, 2014

As India continues to experience the impacts of climate change in the form of changing rainfall patterns, heat waves, and coastal flooding, businesses are increasingly recognizing the need to mitigate and adapt. The problem is that many lack guidance on where to begin.

The India Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Program, launched in July 2013, aims to offer a meaningful starting place by providing a standardized method for companies to measure and manage their greenhouse gas emissions. Conceived in partnership with WRI, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the program provides Indian businesses with tools and technical assistance to measure their emissions, identify reduction opportunities, establish short and long-term reduction goals, and track their progress based on the GHG Protocol, the most widely used emissions accounting and reporting standard in the world.

We spoke with Vivek Adhia, a Senior Associate with WRI India’s Climate and Energy program, to better understand how the India GHG Program can help businesses reduce their emissions in an environment that is increasingly vulnerable to climate impacts.


Looking Back on 15 Years of Greenhouse Gas Accounting

Submitted by: Stephen Russell
January 23, 2014

Most people are familiar with the old adage “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Over the past 15 years, we at WRI have certainly seen the truth in that statement.

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol celebrates its 15-year anniversary this year. A joint initiative of the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the GHG Protocol was established to develop and promote the use of best practices for accounting and reporting GHG emissions. It has since become the preeminent standards-setting organization in the field of GHG accounting, with our Corporate Standard considered the “gold standard” for corporate emissions measurement around the world.

The GHG accounting field has changed substantially over the past 15 years. In order to chart a course for where we need to go next, it’s first important to acknowledge where we’ve been.


Leading Indian Businesses Participate in the first GHG Clinic Organized by the India GHG Program

Submitted by: Vivek Adhia
December 20, 2013

Do We Need a Standard to Calculate “Avoided Emissions”?

Submitted by: Laura Draucker
November 05, 2013

New Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool Will Help China’s Cities Pursue Low-Carbon Development

Submitted by: Wee Kean Fong and Xiaoqian Jiang
September 24, 2013

3 Beginning Steps to Designing a National Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

Submitted by: Neelam Singh
September 12, 2013

A New Way To Measure Emissions From China’s Coal-Fired Power Plants

Submitted by: Stephen Russell and Xiaoyou Shi
August 14, 2013

Rio de Janeiro Poised to Update Its Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Submitted by: Wee Kean Fong
July 23, 2013

33 Cities Test New Framework For Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Submitted by: Wee Kean Fong and Mary Sotos
July 2, 2013

6 Lessons Brazilian Cities Learned From Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Submitted by: Wee Kean Fong, Mary Sotos, Rachel Biderman and Charles Kent
June 7, 2013

Nitrogen Trifluoride Now Required In GHG Protocol Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories

Submitted by: Stephen Russell
May 22, 2013

Lessons Learned From Low-Carbon City Planning In Malaysia

Submitted by: Wee Kean Fong
April 29, 2013

New Guidance Makes Corporate Value Chain Accounting Easier

Submitted by: Benedict Buckley
April 25, 2013

A New Tool To Measure And Reduce Emissions From Agriculture

Submitted by: Stephen Russell
March 26, 2013

For The First Time, A Common Framework For Cities’ Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Submitted by: Wee Kean Fong, Mary Sotos and Stacy Kotorac
March 4, 2013

Released For Review: New Standards For Tracking GHG Emissions From Policies And Goals

Submitted by: Jared Finnegan and David Rich
December 19, 2012

We Need Your Help: Take Our Survey On Greenhouse Gas Accounting For The Financial Sector

Submitted by: Benedict Buckley
November 8, 2012

3 Lessons for Better Supply Chain Management

Submitted by: Manish Bapna and Cynthia Cummis
October 11, 2012

Pavan Sukhdev Discusses 4 Ways to Create More Sustainable Corporations

Submitted by: Sarah Parsons
October 3, 2012

A Look Inside Facebook’s Carbon Footprint

Submitted by: Benedict Buckley
August 14, 2012

Rio+20 In The Rear View: A Look At Rio De Janeiro’s New Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program

Submitted by: Wee Kean Fong and Stacy Kotorac
June 27, 2012

For The First Time, GHG Protocol To Help Brazil Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Agriculture

Submitted by: Stephen Russell and Stacy Kotorac
June 21, 2012

Asian Organizations Commit To Advance Corporate Action On Climate Change

Submitted by: Kaleigh Robinson and Stacy Kotorac
June 12, 2012

Where Do Renewable Energy Purchases Fit Into A GHG Inventory?

Submitted by: Mary Sotos
June 4, 2012

A New Global Framework To Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cities

Submitted by: Pankaj Bhatia and Wee Kean Fong
May 18, 2012

Managing GHG Emissions from Agriculture: A Unique but Solvable Challenge

Submitted by: Stephen Russell
May 14, 2012

The 4-step plan for cutting value chain emissions

Submitted by: Benedict Buckley and Laura Draucker
April 5, 2012

Seeking Public Comments On New Protocol For City-Level GHG Emissions

Submitted by: Pankaj Bhatia and Wee Kean Fong
March 20, 2012

Global Climate Community Releases City-Scale Emissions Accounting Standard for Public Comment

Submitted by C40
March 20, 2012

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Launches in India

Submitted by: Pankaj Bhatia and Cynthia Cummis
March 9, 2012

Foxconn Scandal Offers Supply Chain Lessons

Submitted by: Manish Bapna
March 9, 2012

This piece originally appeared on Forbes.

GHG Protocol: The Gold Standard For Accounting For Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Submitted by: Pankaj Bhatia and Janet Ranganathan
October 4, 2011