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The Climate Registry
WRI continues to play an active role in the design and implementation of the Climate Registry. WRI is working with registry staff to analyze the extensive public comments received on the Climate Registry’s General Reporting Protocol and develop policy recommendations and new technical guidance in response to those comments. Through this effort, WRI is further developing and refining best practices in corporate GHG accounting and reporting and in GHG registry implementation..
Program partners Fundação Getúlio Vargas and Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desensvolvimento Sustentable (CEBDS), the Ministry of Environment, WRI, and WBCSD are finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the basis and guidelines for collaboration in the design and implementation of a GHG accounting and reporting program in Brazil. The MOU is expected to be signed at an event launching the initiation of the Brazil GHG Program in April or May.
Leading up to the launch event, the program partners will recruit a core of “founding” companies that are poised to provide leadership and guidance in the design of the Brazil GHG Program. The creation of a founding company group will be a unique feature of the Brazil GHG Program that has not yet been implemented in similar WRI-WBCSD-led initiatives in Mexico, the Philippines, and China. Program partners are still in the process of determining the exact role of these founding companies. A meeting to establish key design features of the Brazil GHG Program will follow the MOU signing and program launch.
Approximately half of the companies participating in the first business pilot group have submitted 2006 GHG inventories to the Philippine Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Program (PhilGARP). Six companies are in the process of road-testing a customized version of 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. Following the road-testing process, feedback from the companies will be incorporated into the software, which will be available for Philippine companies to use in the next phase of PhilGARP.
A recognition event in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Philippines (DENR), also a program partner, is expected to take place when the remaining companies complete their inventories.
In November, the Mexican government recognized 35 participating companies for completing their 2006 GHG inventories in accordance with the program’s specification and deadlines. These companies accounted for 102 million tons of CO2e, approximately 35 percent of Mexico’s industrial and stationary combustion emissions. Environment Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada commented on the success of the Mexico GHG Program in promoting less carbon-intensive production and identifying opportunities to advance sustainable development.