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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 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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Outreach Activities - Program Work

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.

In Progress:

Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Tool

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

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New Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Tool

WRI and the California Climate Action Registry are working together to complete a Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Tool, which will cover the specific emissions from this sector. This tool is the result of both industry association and direct industry interest, and has been bolstered by government support as well. A discussion paper will be presented to stakeholders for discussion in January.

Banking Sector Tool

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New Documents - Publication Developments


The project typology will provide project developers with project-specific information on a range of accounting issues (e.g., possible baseline candidates, secondary effects, important data sources, monitoring techniques).

The first five chapters of this tool have been reviewed by the GHG Protocol team.

Angela Zahniser, who is on rotation at WRI through the Presidential Management Fellow Program, will help work on the sixth chapter, which pertains to carbon sequestration projects.

Next steps on this project include an extensive external review and additional collection

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Multi-state Registry

WRI is providing technical support to the Multi-State Registry (MSR) Technical Working Group.

It is comprised of representatives from the California Climate Action Registry, the Eastern Climate Registry Working Group, the Midwest Registry Working Group, and Western states working through the Western Regional Air Partnership.

On Oct. 12-13, the MSR Technical Working Group convened at WRI’s offices in Washington, D.C. to discuss various issues regarding the framework proposal, which include voluntary reporting, mandatory reporting, and verification proposals.

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WRI Team Travels to Nairobi to Launch LULUCF Guide to Project Accounting

On Nov. 7, Florence Daviet and Suzie Greenhalgh of WRI will travel to Nairobi, Kenya to present the “Land use, Land-use change and Forestry Guidance for GHG Project Accounting” (LULUCF) at the Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP-12).

In Nairobi, Daviet and Greenhalgh will present the publication along with three panelists, two who reviewed the document and participated in its development.

The discussion at the COP side event will focus on the performance standard and how it can translate into setting a multi-project baseline for LULUCF projects. The panelists will also show how the protocol can be used to identify specific opportunities for LULUCF reduction projects in the African context.

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Revised Aluminum Tool Now Available

The International Aluminum Institute (IAI), in association with WBCSD and WRI, announced on Oct. 23 an updated set of tools for calculating GHG emissions from primary aluminum production.

“The revised Aluminum Sector Greenhouse Gas Protocol will help to improve still further on the reliability and consistency of the calculation and reporting of greenhouse gases globally throughout the aluminum sector,” said Robert Chase, the Secretary General of IAI in a press release.

“It will be of value for internal company use as well as for reporting to the public and to specific audiences such as governments and special interest groups,” Chase said.

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Program Officially Transitions from Pilot Phase to Headquarters at SEMARNAT

The Mexico GHG Program officially transitioned from a pilot project to a permanent program on October 2, marking a significant milestone for the program partners and 30 participating businesses. The transition was ushered in through a signing of a permanent-status Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which replaced the pilot-phase MOU that was set to expire in November.

“Mexican government and business leaders were among the first to recognize the value of measuring and managing GHG emissions. The GHG Protocol team and WRI are proud to have worked with our partners in Mexico to take this idea through a successful pilot phase and into a permanent institution,” said Paul Faeth, Executive Vice President of WRI, who attended the event.

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