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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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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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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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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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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.

GHG Protocol Product & Supply Chain Initiative Kicks-Off Stakeholder Advisory Group

August marked the launch of two webinars presented to the Stakeholder Advisory Group for the new standards for Product and Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting. The two-hour webinar was conducted for stakeholders in Europe and North America on August 6th and for stakeholders in Asia on August 27th. The webinars provided an overview of the standards’ development process to date, a review of the initial recommendations, and details of the upcoming comment process on the draft standards.

Over 240 stakeholders participated in the webinars. For those who were not able to attend, the webinar was recorded and is now posted on the GHG Protocol website.

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