Brazil GHG Program
WRI and WBCSD are working with the Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS) and Fundação Getulio Vargas to initiate a greenhouse gas accounting and reporting program in Brazil. Preparations for an industry workshop to be held this spring in Brazil are underway.
WRI and WBCSD reached an agreement with the China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD) in Beijing to initiate a voluntary corporate energy and greenhouse gas management program in China. The partnership follows an initial one-day workshop co-hosted with Respect-China, a values-based consultancy, in August, where participants expressed interest in GHG accounting and reporting.
WRI then returned to Beijing the first week in December 2006 to meet with several potential funders and NGOs to further gauge options for outreach and capacity building. Based upon inputs from CBCSD, the program potentially will consist of three separate tracks for corporate participation: a corporate energy management module; an emissions reduction project module; and a corporate GHG inventory module. Customized tracking and calculation tools, guidance documents, and technical training workshops will be developed for modules.
An initial workshop is tentatively scheduled for May or June.
WRI continues to provided technical support during Multi-State Registry, Eastern Climate Registry, and Midwest Registry Working Group meetings during this reporting period. WRI will also be providing facilitation support to meetings taking place in early February.
South Korea GHG Program
Following the signing of an MOU earlier this year to work in partnership with the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO) to develop and implement GHG management strategies in Asia, members of WRI’s GHG Protocol team traveled to Seoul to to provide additional technical inputs to South Korea’s GHG registry and to discuss opportunities for further collaboration on a regional level.
WRI conducted a workshop on GHG registry design for Kemco staff and other industry stakeholders, including representatives from the Korean Chamber of Commerce and CDM consultants. After the workshop, WRI held a bilateral meeting with Kemco regarding future collaboration, in which Kemco expressed an interest in developing an emissions trading scheme in South Korea. The WRI team also participated in an industry workshop on GHG accounting and reporting in South Korea, which included a presentation on a sophisticated web-based reporting platform recently developed by Kemco.