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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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Development of GHG Protocol Online Development Course

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is looking for financial support to develop an online training course for both practitioners and trainers on the Corporate Standard. This will be a part of the Training and Capacity Building Initiative’s global, multi-year effort to scale-up the capacity of companies, governments and other organizations in developing countries to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions. The Protocol seeks to develop an effective on-line course based on the Corporate Standard training materials that are already available but with additional web-based learning features.

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Greenhouse Gas Management Institute Launch Professional Certification Program

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) have announced a groundbreaking global personnel certification program for “carbon management” professionals. The Environmental Professional Certification on Greenhouse Gases – EP (GHG) – is the world’s first and only professional greenhouse gas-related certification accredited to ISO 17024.

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Training: How to Establish a National Program for Companies to Report GHG Emissions

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative

Latin American and Caribbean Regional

Training: How to Establish a National Program for Companies to Report GHG Emissions

August 29 – September 2, 2011

Bogota, Colombia

The Sustainability Consortium members vote to adopt the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Standard

The Sustainability Consortium members, comprised of leading global retailers, manufacturers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, have voted to adopt the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Accounting and Reporting Standard (GHG Protocol Product Standard) that was developed through a global multi-stakeholder process by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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Major International Hotel Companies Demonstrate Leadership through New Initiative to Standardize the Industry’s Carbon Measures

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are collaborating on a groundbreaking initiative to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon impact by agreeing on a standardized methodology and metrics informed by the GHG Protocol standards. For the first time, leaders within the hotel industry are collaborating to reach a consensus on a single methodology for calculating carbon footprints and consistent metrics for communicating emissions.

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Chinese Companies Pilot-Test a New Energy-GHG Conversion Software

On July 8, 2011, through USAID’s Partnership for Climate Action (PCA), GHG Protocol held a training and pilot-testing workshop in the Guangdong Province of China on its new “Energy-GHG Conversion Tool”.

Fifteen participants from five companies representing the power, semiconductor, glass manufacturing, paper, and textile industries attended.

These companies are major energy users (usually consuming more than the equivalent of 10,000 tons of coal [29.27 GJ] each year) and report energy consumption into the provincial government’s energy reporting system. The new software calculates GHG emissions based on the energy reporting system template, and therefore provides these companies with the ability to account for most of their GHG emissions with little extra effort.

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Citywide Greenhouse Gas Accounting Initiative in China Launched

On May 5, 2011, USAID’s US-China Partnership for Climate Action program partners, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and the World Resource Institute (WRI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Municipality Government of Xiaolan to launch the Xiaolan Low Carbon Initiative. Xiaolan is a medium-sized town located in Guangdong Province, southern China, and is one of China’s major industrial regions.

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March updates


GHG Protocol has now partnered with AMEE – a leading provider of environmental data software solutions – to conduct the Quality Assurance testing of the cross-sector calculation tools. This testing will be performed whenever these tools have been updated with new methods or emission factors and it will help ensure the tools continue to function as a basic and reliable resource for emissions calculations.

Outreach and Capacity Building

GHG Protocol is working on designing two new training courses.

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Invitation to Inform New Initiative on GHG Mitigation Accounting

WRI is considering developing new guidance to help government agencies, civil society organizations, and others address the question, “What effect are policies expected to have on GHG emissions?”

New guidance would be voluntary, policy-neutral, and provide methods or case studies on quantifying GHG reductions from mitigation actions and policies.

Interested experts are invited to participate in an online questionnaire to assist us in establishing the need and content of new guidance. The online questionnaire can be found at:

For further information or questions, please contact David Rich at drich@wri.org. We greatly appreciate your participation.

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