Developing Country Programs - Updates
The Brazil GHG Protocol Program has held two training workshops for its 27 founding members at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo to prepare them to develop inventories of their 2008 GHG emissions. Inventories will be prepared in accordance with Brazil’s GHG Protocol-based accounting and reporting specifications (finalized in November) and submitted in early 2009. WRI is also customizing a set of GHG quantification tools according to Brazil’s unique energy and GHG profile. The customized tools will consider, for example, the extensive use of ethanol and other biofuels.
WRI and WBCSD, in collaboration with the Chinese Building Materials Academy (CBMA) conducted a second training workshop for Chinese cement companies from across the country in mid-November. The 3-day Cement Sector Initiative (CSI) workshop focused on measuring and accounting for CO2 emissions from cement manufacturing using the WBCSD CSI CO2 Protocol, which builds on the GHG Protocol, and ensuring inventory quality and reporting guidance. During the workshop, potential trainers were identified who will take a greater role in training activities in China in the future. The workshop will play a major role in building capacity on emissions accounting within the country and scaling up the CSI Protocol to the entire cement sector.
In a separate initiative, WRI and CBCSD have initiated another series of workshops to engage businesses and industry associations in the development of Chinese national measurement and reporting standards for key sectors. The first workshop was held on 21st November 2008 and focused on ammonia and nitric acid production - key components of the fertilizer sector for which internationally recognized calculation tools have already been developed by the GHG Protocol. The workshop also assisted participants in the implementation and customization of calculation tools for the Oil and Gas sector. A key objective of these sector-focused initiatives is to develop national standards for adoption by industry associations and government agencies, such as the National Development Reform Commission. Subsequent workshops will target the iron and steel and petrochemical sectors.
The Philippine GHG Accounting and Reporting Program held a recognition event to acknowledge companies who have submitted GHG inventories and inventory management plans.