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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.