C40, ICLEI, WRI and partners achieve a significant milestone towards establishing a single standard for measuring emissions for cities
Cities have become widely recognized as major contributors to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Fifty-one percent of the world’s population, approximately 3.5 billion people, reside in urban areas. The 2008 World Energy Outlook estimated that cities accounted for over 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumptions. To address growing urban GHG emissions it is necessary to understand each city’s emission patterns and identify the major sources of emissions as well as reduction opportunities from both direct and indirect sources.
NEW DELHI (MARCH 15, 2012) – The Greenhouse Gas Protocol launched two new standards today in New Delhi, India, to empower businesses to better measure, manage, and report their greenhouse gas emissions. Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) and Product Life Cycle Standards enable companies to save money, reduce risks, and gain competitive advantages.
The GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard will be used by CIRAIG and the Government of Quebec in the first stage of their carbon footprint certification initiative. The pilot project will last one year and look to advance the consistency of environmental labeling programs.
Following the launch of the Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standards in New York City, London, Beijing, and Tokyo, the GHG Protocol will be launching the standards in India on March 15, 2012. The event will be hosted by the World Resources Institute (WRI), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The launch event will take place in the morning and be followed by training workshops on the new standards in the afternoon.
WRI and ABPS (India) are holding a workshop in India on tracking greenhouse gas performance of mitigation actions and mitigation goals. The workshop will take place on March 7, 2012, in Delhi.
The GHG Protocol has historically provided Excel-based calculation tools on our website for any organization to download and use free of charge. These tools use widely-accepted emission factors for both cross-sector and sector-specific emission sources in corporate GHG inventories. Since the initial development of these tools, the GHG calculation field has experienced exponential growth: software programs and applications for companies have proliferated, and more databases and information sources have become available for a variety of calculation needs in more geographic areas.
Companies have repeatedly called for consistent and credible guidelines on how to account for the GHG emissions from agriculture within their corporate- or farm-level inventories. The GHG Protocol has just released a first draft of the ‘Agricultural Protocol’, aimed at providing exactly those guidelines. The Agricultural Protocol is a supplement to the Corporate Standard and new Scope 3 Standard, outlining how both producers and their supply chain partners (processors, food brand manufacturers, and food retailers, etc.) can measure the GHG impact of agricultural production.
GHG Protocol Asia Regional Training: How to Establish a National Program for Companies to Report GHG Emissions
The World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol will be holding an Asia Regional Training on how to establish and implement nation- or regional-level corporate greenhouse gas emissions reporting programs and trainings. Members of the GHG Protocol Program will be presenting their experiences, sharing lessons learned, and providing training to workshop participants.