On May 12, WRI hosted representatives from the Cement Task Force of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development to plan for the next workshop to train Chinese cement companies to account for CO2 emissions using the GHG Protocol. At this meeting in Washington, D.C., the China Building Materials Academy (CBMA) and the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) presented results from a survey of 12 of China’s largest cement companies who are beginning to implement the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) CO2 Protocol based on the GHG Protocol. This will be the second collaboration between WRI, WBCSD’s CSI, CBMA, NDRC, the U.S. EPA, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Australian and Japanese governments to build the capacity of China’s cement companies on energy and greeenhouse gas management. The second workshop will be held in November in southern China, providing training to 50 more cement companies and introducing them to technology options for energy efficiency and GHG mitigation.
In March WRI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Standard Certification Center, an organization established under the NDRC, to jointly work on projects to promote the GHG Protocol in China’s energy and climate change policies. WRI also signed an MOU to formalize a research partnership with the Low Carbon Energy Laboratory of Tsinghua University; as part of this partnership, the GHG Protocol is collaborating with Tsinghua on product and supply chain greenhouse gas calculation methodologies.
WRI and WBCSD are working with Klima Climate Change Center of the Manila Observatory to finalize road-testing of 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 and now being used by the North-American based The Climate Registry. The GHG Protocol team will also provide assistance to Klima and Philippine Business for the Environment, the other main implementing partner of the Philippine Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Program (PhilGARP), to develop a business plan to ensure the future self-sustainability of the program. Following the completion of the pilot phase of the PhilGARP program, program partners hope to transition PhilGARP to a permanent program for Philippine businesses to continue to receive training on the GHG Protocol and GHG management activities, which could include GHG reduction project accounting, carbon offsetting, and partnering with other environmental initiatives within the Philippines.
Local Government Operations Protocol
The California Climate Action Registry, California Air Resources Board, ICLEI, and the Climate Registry together are producing a Local Government Operations Protocol that provides GHG accounting and reporting guidance for city governments in the United States. The protocol, which is based on the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, includes additional details relevant to municipal government operations. It will serve as sector-specific guidance for city governments reporting to the California Climate Action Registry and the Climate Registry, and is a U.S.-specific version of ICLEI’s internationally applicable local government GHG inventory guidance. The protocol will be a useful guide for city governments that use the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard to track GHG emissions from their operations. The protocol is expected to be finalized later this year.