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GHG Protocol Seeks Input on New Standards

Recently, the GHG Protocol Initiative has received a significant number of inquiries which have led us to consider the need to develop a new suite of international standards or guidelines related to life cycle/supply chain emissions accounting for products and/or organizations.

We have developed a survey to help us assess the need for further standards/guidance. We hope to use the results from this survey to enable us to gain additional insight and feedback and make an appropriate decision on next steps.

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New Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Tools in Progress:

  • Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Tool: A draft of the Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution tool will be going out for review at the beginning of November. WRI has been working with the California Climate Action Registry to develop the tool. Please contact Florence Daviet at fdaviet@wri.org, if you are interested in reviewing the tool.
  • Iron and Steel Tool: WRI has a received comments back on the Iron and Steel discussion paper, and plans to develop a first draft of the tool for review in the next couple of months.
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GHG Protocol Currently Seeking Funding for Major Tool Upgrade

Since the GHG Protocol first announced plans in February to upgrade the suite of 16 calculation tools available free of charge to the public, significant research has been conducted to determine how best to update the tools with the most recent information and how to make the format of the tools more user friendly.

The GHG Protocol Initiative has also consistently received feedback regarding the need for an improved, more user-friendly interface for the tools, such as integrated desktop software or web applications that combine all of the tools and eliminate the need for duplicate entry of

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GHG Management Institute Launched

WRI’s GHG Protocol Team is teaching “the new carbon math” – carbon accounting for GHG measurement and management – by developing e-learning curriculum based on GHG Protocol standards and tools. Under the ‘GHG Management Institute (www.ghginstitute.org),’ WRI will develop a series of online courses in partnership with Earth Council Geneva (ECG), the GHG Experts Network (GEN), and ClimateCheck. The institute aims to provide professional training on how to measure and manage GHG emissions.

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China Program Gains Significant Momentum

Operating under the theme, “Energy Conservation is GHG Emissions Reduction” (jie neng shi jian pai), the WRI-WBCSD-CBCSD China Energy Conservation and GHG Management Program saw significant progress since its launch in June.

In September, the program partners held a cement sector working group meeting in Beijing to review feedback from Beijing Cement Company’s implementation of the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) tool. The tool was trialed in the company to develop its CO2 emissions inventory.

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WRI Hosts Workshop on Energy Savings and CO2 Reductions in the Chinese Cement Industry

As cement production is responsible for five percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, it is considered a key target for climate change mitigation. China alone accounts for 45 percent of global cement manufacture and consumption.

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GHG Protocol Website to be Redesigned

Update your bookmarks - the GHG Protocol Initiative’s website will be undergoing a massive facelift this summer. Content reorganization and aesthetic changes are just some of the improvements that the new site will feature.

“Due to the changing nature of the GHG Protocol Initiative’s work from purely the development of guidance documents and calculation tools to more implementation and outreach-focused activities, the current website needs major changes in terms of content reorganization and design,” according to Angel Hsu, a research assistant on the GHG Protocol Initiative Team at WRI.

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Energy Savings and GHG Management Addressed

The China Business Council for Sustainable Development, in conjunction with WBCSD and WRI, hosted an informational workshop, “Corporate Energy Conservation and GHG Management,” on June 1 in Beijing at the Kempinski Hotel.

Approximately 100 representatives from CBCSD’s member companies, government agencies, and NGOs attended the workshop.

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Mexico Bases Climate Change Strategy on GHG Program

The Mexican government has adopted a new national climate change strategy that identifies the GHG Protocol-based Mexico GHG Program as the basis of a step-by-step approach to climate change mitigation. The strategy begins with voluntary GHG accounting and reporting, progresses to energy sector GHG caps, and culminates in a national cap-and-trade scheme linked to international GHG markets.

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