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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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Brighter Planet Launches Cloud-Based Carbon Middleware Platform

Compliant with the GHG Protocol and built around the first set of third-party-certified open source carbon models, this “science as a service” is provided at no cost to non-profit organizations as a service to the community. With a novel approach to deep transparency and a focus on resilience, Carbon Middleware makes GHG Protocol-based emission estimates available, auditable, and, affordable.

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First International Workshop of GHG Protocol-Based Programs

New developments are driving the need for GHG accounting programs around the world to evolve more efficiently, more effectively, and at a greater scale. On the business side, there is a trend toward managing GHG emissions along the value chain. Companies are looking up and down the supply chain and throughout the product life-cycle for GHG management opportunities. As climate policy becomes a reality in industrialized and developing countries around the world, many emerging economies are adopting voluntary national GHG mitigation targets and identifying the policies and measures to best achieve them. These trends point to the need for greatly enhanced GHG accounting capacity and tools at a global scale to ensure that mitigation actions can be measurable, reportable and verifiable.

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Otarian Restaurant in New York City Uses WRI’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Update from the star-studded launch of a new chain of sustainable restaurants.

On the evening of April 14th, WRI filled a role not normally reserved for environmental think tanks: VIP guest at a high-profile New York restaurant opening. Otarian, now open in New York City’s West Village, is a new boutique fast-casual restaurant chain based on the principles of sustainability and vegetarianism.

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Launch of The Greenhouse Gas Protocol for the U.S. Public Sector

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol for the U.S. Public Sector was released today by the GHG Protocol Initiative and LMI. The protocol outlines how federal, state and local governments can account for their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a resource to help measure and manage climate impacts, the protocol serves as a reference for implementing Executive Order 13514, which President Obama signed on October 5, 2009.

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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Outreach Activities

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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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.