GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard ICT Sector Guidance

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol ICT Sector Guidance was set up to provide specific guidance on the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard (the Product Standard). The objective is to provide a consistent approach for assessing the life cycle GHG impacts of ICT products. The ICT Sector Guidance is jointly convened through the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Carbon Trust and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).

The second draft of the ICT Sector Guidance was made available for public comment in February and early March 2013. The deadline for submitting comments has now passed.

The comments are now being reviewed and changes will be made to the guidance as required. Once the necessary changes have been made, the final version of the guidance will be released.

Overview of the ICT Sector Guidance

The guidance is being developed using a multi-stakeholder process with a multi-tiered review structure (see below) where drafts are modified and consulted on iteratively.





















The scope of the ICT Sector Guidance has been chosen to prioritize those areas that have a significant impact in terms of GHG emissions. The chapter structure of the document is shown in the diagram below. Services Chapters cover ICT services that a company might supply, or a customer might purchase. Technical Support Chapters cover the ‘infrastructure elements’ that are common to most ICT services.





















Review Process Timeline

  • Review of chapters by sub-groups and by the wider Technical Working Group: Complete
  • Review by Steering Committee: Complete
  • First draft of the full ICT Sector Guidance released for public comment: Complete
  • Review comments and revise guidance: Complete
  • Second draft of the ICT Sector Guidance released for public comment: January 31, 2013 to March 4, 2013
  • Finalize and publish guidance: Mid-2013

Latest Drafts

Title Date Size

Feedback Form

Jan 2013 225 KB

Chapter 1: Introduction and General Principles

Jan 2013 1.52 MB

Chapter 2: Telecoms Network Services

Jan 2013 1.62 MB

Chapter 3: Desktop Managed Services

Jan 2013 787 KB

Chapter 5: Cloud Computing and Data Center Services

Jan 2013 1.3 MB

Chapter 6: Hardware

Jan 2013 1.1 MB

Chapter 7: Software

Jan 2013 1.16 MB

References and Glossary

Jan 2013 328 KB

Previous Drafts and Materials

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Title Date Size

Chapter 1: Introduction and General Principles

March 2012 1.55 MB

Chapter 2: Telecoms Network Services

March 2012 1.28 MB

Chapter 3: Desktop Managed Services

March 2012 1.28 MB

Chapter 4: Transport Substitution

March 2012 1.01 MB

Chapter 5: Cloud and Data Center Services

March 2012 639 KB

Chapter 6: Hardware

March 2012 907 KB

Chapter 7: Software

March 2012 856 KB

Chapter 8: Data Centers

March 2012 649 KB

Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) Presentation, March 2012

March 2012 1.57 MB

Guide for assessing greenhouse gas emissions of Telecommunications Network Services v1.4

Jan 2012 1161 KB

Guide for assessing greenhouse gas emissions of Desktop Managed Services v0.7

Jan 2012 511 KB

Summary of Public Comments on Telecom Network Services and Desktop Managed Services Chapters

Jan 2012 76 KB

November Invitation to Comment

Nov 2011 67 KB

Telecommunications Network Services Guide

Nov 2011 1200 KB

Desktop Managed Service

Nov 2011 1100 KB

Governance Document for ICT Sector Guidance

Nov 2011 1100 KB

Overview of ICT Sector Guidance

Nov 2011 1100 KB
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