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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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Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Iron and Steel tool

The Iron and Steel tool has been road-tested by various iron and steel companies worldwide. Their feedback is currently being incorporated into the tool, and several stakeholder meetings with industry experts are being planned to resolve outstanding issues, such as how emissions sources that are not covered by IPCC guidance can be accounted for.

Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution

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Tsinghua University and WRI Host First Stakeholder Workshop in China for New Product and Supply Chain Standard

On July 16, Tsinghua University’s Energy and Environmental Economics (3E) Institute and the World Resources Institute hosted a workshop to discuss ‘Methodologies for Calculating Product and Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Embodied Carbon.’

The forum convened international and Chinese government, academic, and NGO experts in the first stakeholder forum for the development of a new WRI-World Business Council for Sustainable Development GHG Protocol standard for product and supply chain greenhouse gas accounting.

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WRI and WBCSD Convening Global Stakeholder Process to Develop New Product/Supply Chain Guidelines

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.

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Business, Government, and NGOs Partner to Launch Brazil GHG Protocol Program

In her final act as Minister of Environment, then-Minister Marina Silva launched the Brazil Greenhouse Gas Protocol Program on May 12 in Brasilia. The program will serve as a national public registry for corporate GHG inventories, calculation methodologies, and emission factors.

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Indian Industry Initiates GHG Inventorization Program with WRI and U.S.

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.

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Hong Kong Adopts GHG Protocol for Building Sector

Accounting for 89 percent of end-use electricity consumption, buildings are the focus of a new ‘Carbon Audit’ campaign aimed to tackle climate change in Hong Kong.

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The Climate Registry Releases General Reporting Protocol and Online Reporting Tool

The Climate Registry has finalized its General Reporting Protocol, which provides a consistent framework for companies and organizations across North America to measure and publicly report their Greenhouse Gas emissions. To date, the Climate Registry has the participation of over 250 reporting organizations, including WRI.

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Outreach Activities - Program Work


On May 12, WRI hosted representatives from the Cement Task Force of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development to plan for the next workshop to train Chinese cement companies to account for CO2 emissions using the GHG Protocol. At this meeting in Washington, D.C., the China Building Materials Academy (CBMA) and the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) presented results from a survey of 12 of China’s largest cement companies who are beginning to implement the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) CO2 Protocol based on the GHG Protocol.

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New Guidelines on Supply Chain and Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting in Planning Process

With “carbon footprint” increasingly becoming a popular buzzword within the corporate lexicon, companies are seeking more guidance on how to develop fuller and more accurate pictures of their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in terms of supply chain, lifecycle, and product emissions.

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Chinese Cement Companies Accounting for CO2 Emissions

Last month, Chinese cement companies took the first steps towards measuring and managing CO2 emissions across the entire cement sector

Cement production is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions: five percent of the global total. And China’s cement sector all by itself accounts for 45 percent of global cement production.

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