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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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WRI-Facilitated U.S. Registry Launched

For some time now, U.S. states have been well ahead of the federal government in taking action on climate change. In April came the latest big development: 34 U.S. states, two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Manitoba), and the Campo Kumeyaay Nation joined together to form the Climate Registry.

The 34 U.S. states together represent over 70 percent of the U.S. population, and they represent impressive diversity, geographically, economically, and politically.

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GHG Protocol to Publish Two New Documents

Electricity Guidance, Tool Manual to be Released

The GHG Protocol Initiative will release two publications at the beginning of July, “Guidelines for Quantifying GHG Reductions from Grid-Connected Electricity Projects” and “Designing a Customized Greenhouse Gas Calculation Tool.”

“Designing a Customized Greenhouse Gas Calculation Tool” is a guidebook on how to adapt existing GHG calculation tools to use for a specific GHG program or to more closely reflect national or regional circumstances.

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New Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Updated Tools * The Mexico Pulp and Paper Tool is now available for download under ‘Developing Countries: Customized Tools’ on www.ghgprotocol.org. Guidance documents are available in both English and Spanish. * The Aluminum Tool has been revised to incorporate changes and comments from EPA Climate Leaders.

Iron and Steel Tool

WRI is working with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to complete the discussion paper for the next version of the Iron and Steel tool.

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Outreach Activities - Program Work

Mexico GHG Program

The Mexico GHG Program, through DNV, is developing a verification handbook, which is pursuing the establishment of verification guidelines to promote the development of high-quality GHG inventories. This document is under revision by the Program Partners.

An information session on the Mexico GHG Program was held in May 2007 at the Mining Industrial Chamber (Cámara Minera de México) to invite mining companies to join the program.

Philippine GHG Program

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Cardoso Delivers Keynote at Inaugural GHG Forum in Brazil

“Climate change is no longer their problem. It’s now our problem,” said Fernando Henrique Cardoso, referring to climate change as a global issue that has surpassed the domain of industrialized countries.

Cardoso, a WRI board member and the President of Brazil from 1995 to 2003, casually addressed a crowd of close to 200 at the first forum on the GHG Protocol and greenhouse gas (GHG) management in Brazil on April 23, opting to speak while seated rather than from behind the podium used by the other speakers.

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Calculation Tools to be Updated

Web-based, all-in-one options to be considered

Based upon multiple sources of feedback regarding the GHG Protocol’s 16 calculation tools, the GHG Protocol team is now considering raising funds to update and possibly revamp its tools, which are currently available for download on www.ghgprotocol.org.

Also up for consideration is the development of a more user-friendly, web-based calculation tool that integrates most, if not all, of the tools.

Currently, each cross-sector and industry-specific calculation tool is comprised of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and an Adobe PDF guidance document.

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Philippine Greenhouse Gas Program Launched in Manila

Accounting and reporting program initiated after two-day training workshop.

The Philippines Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Program (PhilGARP) was officially launched at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manila on November 30, 2006. The event culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between program partners Klima Climate Change Center of the Manila Observatory (Klima-MO), Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE), the Department of Energy, the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR), and the World Resources Institute.

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LULUCF Performance Standard Approach Met with Enthusiasm at Nairobi Launch

Project developers are concerned that high transaction costs and uncertainty around the acceptance of projects by governing bodies is limiting the number of projects being developed in Africa and around the world. This concern has resulted in an interest in thinking about GHG project development differently. Stakeholders were interested to hear more about the performance standard approach for Land Use, Land-Use change and Forestry (LULUCF) projects at the Nairobi Conference of Parties (COP-12), which provides a methodology for setting a multi-project GHG removal baseline for GHG Projects.

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Brazil GHG Program

WRI and WBCSD are working with the Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS) and Fundação Getulio Vargas to initiate a greenhouse gas accounting and reporting program in Brazil. Preparations for an industry workshop to be held this spring in Brazil are underway.

China Initiative

WRI and WBCSD reached an agreement with the China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD) in Beijing to initiate a voluntary corporate energy and greenhouse gas management program in China.

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Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Updated Tools:

  • Indirect CO2 emissions from the consumption of purchased electricity, heat, and/or steam - updated with new IEA 2004 data
  • Indirect CO2 Emissions from Purchased Electricity - updated with new IEA 2004 data
  • Stationary combustion - updated with new CO2 2006 IPCC emissions factors. CH4 and N20 factors to be adjusted when finalized by the IPCC. Further updates to reflect IPCC guidance to come.

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Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Tool

A draft discussion paper of the tool was completed and reviewed internally in December.

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