Users of the Corporate Standard

This standard is written primarily from the perspective of a business developing a GHG inventory. However, it applies equally to other types of organizations with operations that give rise to GHG emissions, e.g., NGOs, government agencies, and universities. Policy makers and architects of GHG programs can also use relevant parts of this standard as a basis for their own accounting and reporting requirements.

Users can be divided into two broad categories:

  • Corporate users: Businesses using the GHG Protocol directly for their own purposes or as participants of voluntary climate initiatives.
  • Non-Corporate users: Governments, NGOs, and others with initiatives or programs based on or informed by the GHG Protocol Initiative.

Corporate Users

Automobile Manufacturers

  • Daimler Chrysler, Germany
  • Ford Motor Company, USA
  • General Motors, USA
  • Volkswagen, Germany

Cement companies

  • Cemex, Mexico
  • Cia. de Cimento Itambé, Brazil
  • Cimpor, Brazil
  • Heidelberger Cement, Germany
  • Holcim, USA (and worldwide Holcim facilities)
  • Italcementi, Italy
  • Lafarge, France and North America
  • RMC, UK
  • St. Lawrence Cement Inc., Canada
  • Siam Cement, Thailand
  • Taiheiyo, Japan
  • Votorantim, Brazil

Consumer Goods Manufacturers

  • Bank of America
  • Body Shop, UK
  • Cargill, USA
  • Dell Corporation, USA
  • Eastman Kodak, USA
  • Fetzer Vineyards, USA
  • IBM, USA
  • IKEA International, Sweden
  • Johnson & Johnson, USA
  • Miller Brewing Company, USA
  • Nike, USA
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters, USA
  • Pfizer Inc., USA
  • Raytheon, USA
  • SC Johnson, USA
  • Sony Electronics, Japan
  • Starbucks Coffee, USA
  • Staples Inc., USA
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Target Corporation, USA
  • Timberland Company, USA
  • Unilever HPC, USA
  • United Technologies Corporation, USA

Energy Services

  • American Electric Group, USA
  • Birka Energi, Sweden
  • Calpine, USA
  • Cinergy, USA
  • Constellation Energy Group, USA
  • Duke Energy, USA
  • Edison Mission Energy, USA
  • ENDESA, Spain
  • Entergy, USA
  • Exelon Corporation, USA
  • First Energy, USA
  • FPL Group, Inc., USA
  • General Electric, USA
  • Green Mountain Energy, USA
  • Kansai Electric Power, Japan
  • Mirant, USA
  • N.V. Nuon Renewable Energy, Netherlands
  • Seattle City Light, USA
  • Tokyo Gas, Japan
  • Wisconsin Electric, USA
  • We Energies, USA

Oil and Gas

  • BP, USA
  • Norsk Hydro, Norway
  • Shell Canada, Canada
  • Suncor, USA

Industrial Manufacturers/ Mining

  • ABB Group, Switzerland
  • Abitibi-Consolidated, Canada
  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • Alcan Aluminum Corporation Inc., USA
  • Alcoa, USA
  • Anglo American, UK
  • Arch Coal, USA
  • Ball Corporation, USA
  • Baltimore Aircoil, USA
  • BASF, Germany
  • Baxter International, USA
  • Bayer, Germany
  • Bethlehem Steel Corporation, USA
  • BHP Billiton, Australia
  • Caterpillar, USA
  • CODELCO, Chile
  • Cia. de Cimento Itambé, Brazil
  • Deere & Co., USA
  • DuPont, Inc.
  • Georgia-Pacific, USA
  • Imperial Chemical Industries, UK
  • Interface, Inc., USA
  • International Paper, USA
  • ITC Inc., India
  • Javierre, S.L., Spain
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA
  • Philips & Yaming, China
  • Praxair, US
  • Rio Tinto, UK
  • Simplex Paper & Pulp, India
  • STMicroelectronics, Switzerland
  • StoraEnso, Finland
  • Tata Steel, India
  • United States Steel Corporation
  • Weyerhaeuser, USA


  • 500 PPM GmbH, Germany
  • AstraZeneca, UK
  • Carbon Credit Capital LLC, USA
  • Casella Waste Systems, Inc., USA
  • DHL, USA
  • European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
  • FedEx, USA
  • ifPeople, USA
  • PE Europe, Germany
  • PowerComm, Canada
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers, New Zealand
  • Royal Bank of Canada: Finanacial Group, Canada
  • Think Creative Studios, Australia
  • United Parcel Service, USA
  • Verizon Communications, USA

Business Associations

  • AERES (France)
  • American Pulp and Paper Association, USA
  • Australian CIF (Cement Industry Federation), Australia
  • Canadian Cement Association, Canada
  • Cembureau (Europe)
  • Japanese Cement Industry Association, Japan

Business Initiatives

  • Aluminum Institute Protocol & Calculation Tools
  • REGES Protocol, France
  • International Council of Forest and Papers Association’s
  • Pulp & Paper Sector Calculation Tools
  • NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Proposed WEF Global GHG Registry
  • Respect Europe Business Leaders Initiative for Climate Change (BLICC)
  • WBCSD Sustainable Cement Initiative

Non-corporate users

The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard has been designed to be program or policy neutral. However, many existing GHG programs use it for their own accounting and reporting requirments and it is compatible with most of them, including:

  • Voluntary GHG reduction programs, e.g., the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders, the Climate Neutral Network, and the Business Leaders Initiative on Climate Change (BLICC).
  • GHG registries, e.g., California Climate Action Registry (CCAR), World Economic Forum Global GHG Registry.
  • National industry initiatives, e.g., New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development, Taiwan Business Council for Sustainable Development, Association des entreprises pour la réduction des gaz à effet de serre (AERES)
  • GHG trading programs, e.g., UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS), Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), and the European Union Greenhouse Gas Emissions Allowance Trading Scheme (EU ETS)
  • Sector-specific protocols developed by a number of industry associations, e.g., International Aluminium Institute, International Council for Forest and Paper Associations, International Iron and Steel Institute, the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative, and the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA).

Since GHG programs often have specific accounting and reporting requirements, companies should always check with any relevant programs for any additional requirements before developing their inventory.

Non-Corporate Users

Below is a list of known organizations, registries, and initiatives currently using the GHG Protocol Corporte Standards.

Non-Government Organizations

  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Switzerland
  • World Resources Institute, USA

Government (U.S. Federal, State, and International)

  • 1605(b) Program (U.S.)
  • Australia Greenhouse Gas Challenge Plus
  • California Climate Action Registry
  • Canadian GHG Challenge Registry
  • CarboNZero (NewZealand)
  • China Energy and GHG Management Program
  • The Climate Registry (U.S.)
  • Greenhouse Gas Emission Information System (South Korea)
  • Mexico GHG Program
  • Philippine Greenhouse Gas Program (PhilGARP)
  • The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
  • U.S. EPA Climate Leaders

NGO Initiatives

  • Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Climate Neutral Network, USA
  • Fundacion Ecologia y Desarrollo, Spain
  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • World Wildlife Fund Climate Savers, USA

Trading Schemes

  • Chicago Climate Exchange, USA
  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme, EU
  • UK Emissions Trading Scheme, UK