Guidance Built on GHG Protocol

The “Built on GHG Protocol” mark recognizes guidance that is in conformance with GHG Protocol standards.

The GHG Protocol creates standards and tools that are applicable to any organization, company, and sector. In response to user needs, the GHG Protocol also develops additional guidance that builds upon the more general standards. However, other groups and organizations are also developing their own guidance to support GHG Protocol standards.

The guidance documents below were developed in close collaboration with the GHG Protocol and have been reviewed to ensure that they are in conformance with GHG Protocol standards. They have earned the "Built on GHG Protocol" mark, which recognizes accounting resources that have been developed in conformance with a GHG Protocol standard. 

Learn more about the Built on GHG Protocol mark, and explore tools that have been reviewed for Built on GHG Protocol conformance. 

Guidance Built on GHG Protocol

The following guidance documents have been recognized as being in confirmance with GHG Protocol standards with the "Built on GHG Protocol" mark. 

ICT Sector Guidance

Authoring Organization: Carbon Trust, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
Description: Guidance for the calculation of life-cycle GHG emissions for ICT (Information and Communication Technology) products with a focus on ICT services. Separate chapters cover: Introduction and general principles, Telecommunications Network Services, Desktop Managed Services, Cloud and Data Center Services, Hardware, and Software.
Date Published: July 2017
Corresponding GHG Protocol Standard: Product Life Cycle Standard

Clean Energy Emission Reduction (CLEER) Protocol

Authoring Organization: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ICF International
Description: Guidelines for quantifying GHG emission reductions from clean energy activities conducted under the USAID Global Climate Change Initiative. The CLEER Protocol provides an overview of GHG accounting principles and practices as well as standardized GHG estimation methodologies for common clean energy activities that have GHG reduction benefits.
Date Published: May 2016
Corresponding GHG Protocol Standard: Policy and Action Standard

ENCORD Construction CO2e Measurement Protocol

Authoring Organization: European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development (ENCORD)
Description: This measurement protocol was developed by ENCORD to provide guidance on how an organization within the construction sector can measure and report its greenhouse gas emissions.
Corresponding GHG Protocol Standard: Corporate Standard

GHG Reporting Guidance for the Aerospace Industry

Authoring Organization: International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG)
Description: The purpose of this document is to provide voluntary supplemental guidance for accounting and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the aerospace industry to encourage voluntary reporting of corporate GHG emissions by aerospace companies.
Date Published: July 2016
Corresponding GHG Protocol Standard: Corporate Standard

Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework

Authoring Organization: Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC)
Description: Shippers, carriers and logistics service providers can use the GLEC Framework to report emissions from logistics operations, giving companies with smaller footprints a competitive advantage.
Date Published: June 2016
Corresponding GHG Protocol Standard: Corporate Standard

Greenhouse Gas Accounting Sector Guidance for Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices

Authoring Organization: United Kingdom National Health Service Sustainable Development Unit
Description: This document enables consistent quantification of the greenhouse gas inventory of pharmaceutical products and medical devices.
Corresponding GHG Protocol Standard: Product Life Cycle Standard

Product Category Rules (PCR) for Concrete

Authoring Organization: University of Washington, College of Built Environments
Description: This document enables the quantification and reporting of the environmental impacts associated with the production of concrete from cradle-to-gate. This PCR was developed specifically for use in North America.
Corresponding GHG Protocol Standard: Product Life Cycle Standard

Waste Sector Protocol

Authoring Organization: Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE)
Description: This document is intended to provide a credible approach to quantify, report and verify greenhouse gases (GHG) direct & indirect emissions of waste management actors.The purpose of this Waste Sector Protocol is to establish best practice across the waste sector for the implementation of a coherent and homogeneous annual GHG emissions reporting.
Corresponding GHG Protocol Standard: Corporate Standard

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Corporate Standard
The GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard provides requirements and guidance for companies and other organizations, such as NGOs, government agencies, and universities, that are preparing a corporate-level GHG emissions inventory.
Best for: Companies and Organizations
Online learning product:
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GHG Protocol for Cities
The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) provides a robust framework for accounting and reporting city-wide greenhouse gas emissions. 
Best for: Cities and Communities
Online learning product:
Compact of Mayors Online Training Course
Mitigation Goal Standard
The GHG Protocol Mitigation Goal Standard provides guidance for designing national and subnational mitigation goals and a standardized approach for assessing and reporting progress toward goal achievement.
Best for: Countries and Cities
Online learning product:
Mitigation Goal Standard Online Course
Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard
The Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard allows companies to assess their entire value chain emissions impact and identify where to focus reduction activities.
Best for: Companies and Organizations
Online learning product:
Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard Online Course
Policy and Action Standard
The GHG Protocol Policy and Action Standard provides a standardized approach for estimating the greenhouse gas effect of policies and actions.
Best for: Countries and Cities
Online learning product:
Policy and Action Standard Online Training
Product Standard
The Product Standard can be used to understand the full life cycle emissions of a product and focus efforts on the greatest GHG reduction opportunities. This is the first step towards more sustainable products.
Best for: Companies and Organizations
Online learning product:
Product Life Cycle Standard Online Course
Project Protocol
The GHG Protocol for Project Accounting is the most comprehensive, policy-neutral accounting tool for quantifying the greenhouse gas benefits of climate change mitigation projects.
Best for: Companies and Organizations; Countries and Cities