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.
In July, the largest 42 cement companies in China will take further steps to measure and manage their GHG emissions. These companies produce approximately 400 million metric tons of cement per year, accounting for over 30% of Chinese cement production. Cement production is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions, accounting for five percent of the global total. China’s cement sector alone accounts for 45% of global cement production.
Cross-sector tools update
The Stationary Combustion tool has been completely rewritten to greatly enhance ease of use and minimize the potential for transcription errors while inputting data. The tool automates the selection and use of emission factors based on information provided by the user, including the type of fuel, units, heating value and industry.
Developing Country Programs
Brazil’s National Plan on Climate Change includes the GHG Protocol Brazil Program, describing it as an important instrument for evaluating industry performance and achieving best practices.
EPA is creating a nationwide database of greenhouse gas emissions, an important first step on the path to reducing U.S. emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule for sixty days of public comment, with a final rule expected in late 2009. The proposal would cover 85 to 90 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions.
A new collaboration launches to develop standards for measuring and managing GHG emissions throughout the product life cycle and across the entire corporate value chain.
The group is the GHG Protocol’s Product and Supply Chain Initiative, convened under the GHG Protocol. The project’s Steering Committee and technical working groups launched in September, in a series of meetings in Washington, DC and London, involving over 100 participants. The meetings signal the kickoff of a two-year process that ultimately will produce two new GHG Protocol publications that are expected to become international standards - product life cycle accounting standards and corporate value chain accounting guidelines.
WRI participated in the annual 2008 Net Impact Conference, held at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia on November 15th. GHG Protocol joined a panel for the three-hour OpenEco Energy Camp Saturday morning session, sponsored by Sun Microsystems. The session centered around Sun’s global online-community OpenEco.org, that provides free tools to help participants measure, track, and compare energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) performance.
General tool revisions
WRI initiated changes to its suite of mobile combustion tools. These changes are ultimately aimed at increasing usability and at ensuring the calculation methodologies are consistent with international best-practices. Most notably, WRI has completely reformatted the Mobile Combustion tool to increase its functionality and ease-of-use. Revisions to the methodologies will begin over the coming months.