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The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), sets the global standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions.

Hundreds of companies and organizations around the world are using GHG Protocol standards and tools to manage their emissions and become more efficient, resilient, and prosperous organizations.

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U.S. Public Sector

The U.S. Public Sector Protocol will be published within the next month (this publication serves as the framework for conducting GHG inventories in compliance with EO 13514)

Performance Tracking Guidelines

The GHG Protocol Team started the development process of the Performance Tracking Guidelines this summer, and is engaging with relevant stakeholders. These Guidelines seek to provide GHG accounting and reporting guidance for performance-relevant issues, including how to treat renewable energy purchases within an inventory. The team will be issuing a first draft of the Guidelines in September.

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Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Common Carbon Metric (CCM)

GHG Protocol contributed technical resources and expert review of the Common Carbon Metric (CCM), a tool designed to assist building portfolio owners in measuring and managing GHG emissions from energy use in buildings. The CCM is an effort of the Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (facilitated by the UN Environmental Programme), involving partnerships from most leading building industry programs and associations.

For more information please contact Stephen Russell or Mary Sotos

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Sector-Specific Updates

Agricultural Sector

GHG Protocol has conducted the external review of its working paper on adapting the Corporate Standard for use in the agricultural sector. A finalized working paper is expected in September.

For more information please contact Stephen Russell

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WRI Greenhouse Gas Software Group

As the GHG accounting software market continues to grow rapidly, we encourage software providers to get in touch and share how they are using GHG Protocol tools and standards within their platforms. Please contact us by filling in the form below.

International Workshop of GHG Protocol Programs

Presentations from the workshop can be found in the table on the following page. Click read more to access.

Sixty Corporations Begin Measuring Emissions from Products and Supply Chains

On January 20th, sixty corporations begin measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of their products and supply chains by road testing a new global framework that is part of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative.

First Drafts of Product and Scope 3 Standards Released

The first drafts of the GHG Protocol Product and Scope 3 Accounting and Reporting Standards were released for stakeholder review on November 11th 2009. The draft standards were developed over a nine month period between January and October 2009 through the work of 7 technical working groups comprised of more than 160 members, with strategic guidance provided by a 25 member steering committee.

The U.S. Public Sector Works with GHG Protcol to Develop a New Protocol

Public sector organizations are amongst the most important sources of GHG emissions worldwide. Building off 10 years of success in working with the corporate sector, WRI is now developing new accounting guidance for government operations - the GHG Protocol Public Sector Protocol (U.S.). The Protocol is intended as a flexible management tool enabling government agencies of all types to meet multiple reporting objectives.

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Closing the Bankers' Loophole in Emissions Reporting

By Shally Venugopal

Financial institutions are learning to protect investors–and themselves–from investments exposed to risk from climate change.

As the country reflects on the anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent bailouts of major banks, pressure is mounting for financial institutions and companies to more fully disclose their investment risks, especially those risks from climate change.

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Top Companies in Brazil Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the First Time

Petrobras, Ford Brasil, Walmart Brasil, and Whirlpool are some of the first companies to voluntarily measure and publicly report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using the Brazil GHG Protocol Program, a project of the World Resources Institute (WRI).

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