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.
On September 16th and 17th, WRI launched its new Corporate Consultative Group (CCG) in Washington, D.C. This group provides member companies with regular exposure to WRI expertise and several opportunities to exchange valuable thinking about shared environmental challenges.
Developing Country Programs - Updates
The Brazil GHG Protocol Program has held two training workshops for its 27 founding members at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo to prepare them to develop inventories of their 2008 GHG emissions. Inventories will be prepared in accordance with Brazil’s GHG Protocol-based accounting and reporting specifications (finalized in November) and submitted in early 2009. WRI is also customizing a set of GHG quantification tools according to Brazil’s unique energy and GHG profile.
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.
The month of October saw the CD-release of the final version of the India program guide by the Indian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Mr Shyam Saran. In his remarks, Mr Saran emphasized the importance of businesses taking the initiative to deal with climate change and encouraged public-private partnerships. The guide provides guidance and examples to assist companies in accounting for, quantification and tracking of their greenhouse gas emissions using internationally accepted Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard.
Iron and Steel tool
The Iron and Steel tool has been road-tested by various iron and steel companies worldwide.
Over the last few months, the GHG Protocol has been planning new guidelines for product life-cycle emissions and corporate-level scope 3 emissions. The World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development are in the process of convening a global stakeholder process to develop these standards.
This summer, WRI and WBCSD are creating a global Steering Committee and several Technical Working Groups to guide and carry out the standard development process.
Close on the heels of a new GHG program in Brazil, the Indian industry launched a national-level GHG Inventorization Program in Delhi, India, on May 28, 2008. Under the program, corporations will measure and manage their GHG emissions based on internationally recognized standards and monitor their progress towards voluntary reduction goals.
The India GHG Inventory Program is a partnership between the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the US EPA, and the World Resources Institute.