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The Climate Registry
The Climate Registry, the new North American greenhouse gas emissions registry founded on the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, now has participation from 40 U.S. states, one Mexican state, and all of Canada’s provinces. WRI’s GHG Protocol team has continued to provide technical support in the development of the Climate Registry’s protocols to ensure compatibility with the GHG Protocol standards; to promote the use of best practices in GHG measurement, accounting, and reporting; and to achieve consistency in GHG accounting across North America. WRI’s team has worked with the Climate Registry to develop additional detail in requirements and guidance not touched upon in the Corporate Standard that may also be helpful to new GHG reporting programs in development around the world. The Climate Registry will begin accepting data from reporting companies and organizations in early 2008.
Program partners from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desensvolvimento Sustentable (CEBDS) have been meeting government representatives and funders to garner support for the launch of a voluntary corporate GHG accounting and reporting program in Brazil. In an extension of a cooperative agreement with WRI, USAID will provide initial funding for capacity building on GHG accounting and management with additional focus on Brazil’s forestry sector and biofuels industry.
Program partners will meet in Brazil during the first week of November to hold meetings with government representatives in Brasilia and São Paulo to assess additional strategic partnerships and potential funding opportunities and to engage prospective business pilot group participants and program advisors. During this trip, WRI will also begin to train local partners on the GHG Protocol and on GHG program design.
Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Green Business Centre, US EPA, and WRI have initiated work on establishing a voluntary corporate emissions reductions program in India that will assist companies to inventory emissions, establish corporate-wide reduction goals, and track progress based on the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard. The partners will follow the USEPA Climate Leaders program as a model to guide and inform the design of the India program.
Approximately 20 companies signed up as members of the first business pilot group of the Philippine Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Program (PhilGARP) and have completed inventory management plans to guide the development of their GHG inventories. Klima-Manila Observatory, the PhilGARP secretariat, and Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE) hosted a second tutorial session on Sept. 12 at Klima’s facilities at the Ateneo de Manila campus. Companies in the business pilot group were invited to participate in a workshop designed to assist the companies in completing the first drafts of their GHG inventory reports. WRI and WBCSD also traveled to Manila Sept. 19-21 to hold one-on-one consultations with companies requesting further guidance on their IMP or inventory development.
WRI also worked with Perrin Quarles Associates (PQA) to demonstrate the Emissions and Allowance Tracking System (EATS) web application and the Online Calculation, Reporting and Verification Tool (CRAVE) originally developed for registries within the United States for road-testing in PhilGARP. Road-testing of version 2.0 of the CRAVE system is expected to begin at the end of October, and customization of the software for PhilGARP will follow a structured feedback process.
The companies in the first business pilot group are expected to complete their GHG inventories by the end of this year. A recognition event in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Philippines (DENR), also a program partner, is expected to take place sometime either at the end of 2007 or early 2008.
Thirty companies have submitted their 2006 GHG inventories to the Mexico GHG Program. Of these, 13 inventories have been finalized and 17 are under review and revision.
The Mexico GHG Program continues to expand its reach, with six new companies joining the program and five additional companies issuing an informal expression of interest in joining. The new program members are the Department of Environment, Government of Estado de México; Fábrica de Jabón La Corona; Wal-Mart México; Servicios Siderúrgicos Integrados, S.A. de C.V. (SERSIINSA); Ayuntamiento del Centro (municipality of Villahermosa, Tabasco); and Grupo Embotellador CIMSA.
WRI works with the United Nations to develop its GHG Inventory In partnership with the United Nations Environment Management Group and Clear Carbon Consulting, WRI is helping the United Nations develop a climate change strategy for UN operations. This work follows Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s June 5 commitment to make the UN “more climate neutral.” To date, WRI has contributed to the development of an estimate of GHG emissions from UN agencies and identified potential mitigation measures. Future work may include the development of a complete UN GHG inventory and data management system, development of new GHG management tools, training activities, and development of a comprehensive GHG management strategy.