Dear Friends and Partners of the GHG Protocol,
Welcome to the Summer 2013 edition of the GHG Protocol newsletter. This summer has been a very exciting time for our team as the Global Protocol for Community Scale Emissions (GPC) and the Mitigation Goals and Policy and Action Standards have entered the road testing phase. GHG Protocol also supported the launch of the India GHG Program and issued an amendment that requires nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) emissions to be reporting in inventories consistent with our standards.
As always we welcome feedback on all areas of our work. Opportunities to sign up for updates on individual projects are listed on their webpages and general comments can be submitted through our website or sent to email@example.com.
The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team
On July 22, 2013, WRI India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) launched the India GHG Program, a voluntary initiative to standardize measurement and management of GHG emissions in India. In addition to representatives from over 20 founding member companies, the event was attended by key corporate, environmental, and government leaders including Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Shakti Foundation, USAID, and CDP.
The India GHG Program aims to help companies in India monitor their progress toward voluntary reduction goals in a consistent and credible manner. The program will provide companies with tools and technical assistance to build inventories, identify reduction opportunities, establish both annual and long-term reduction goals, and track their progress based on GHG Protocol standards. Allowing companies to focus on improved measurement and management also enables increased cost-savings that will benefit businesses’ bottom line. The Program will also facilitate engagement of the business sector with policymakers, supporting progress toward national goals on carbon intensity and GHG emissions mitigation. In addition, it will help promote harmonization across similar initiatives and build a pool of trained GHG practitioners and GHG measurement and management professionals.
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WRI has just released the second drafts of two new GHG Protocol standards: the Policy and Action Standard and the Mitigation Goals Standard. The new standards are designed to help countries and sub-national jurisdictions measure GHG reductions from policies and actions (e.g., NAMAs) and track progress toward national and sub-national GHG reduction goals.
The pilot phase is about to begin, with organizations from a variety of countries participating, including Belgium, China, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, Tunisia, and the United States.
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On July 10, WRI launched the Beta version of its new Climate Analysis Indicators Tool, or CAIT 2.0. The free online portal provides data on GHG emissions from 186 countries and all 50 U.S. states, as well as other climate-relevant data, and allows users to readily view, sort, visualize, and download data sets for comparative analysis. By providing comprehensive emissions data in an easy-to-use tool, users from government, business, academia, the media, and civil society can effectively explore, understand, and communicate climate change issues.
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The Scope 2 Accounting Guidance is entering its final stage of development. The document will clarify how to account for and report GHG emissions from electricity purchase and use. It will also address the role of utility emission factors, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and tracking instruments such as renewable energy certificates (RECs) and Guarantees of Origin (GOs). A final public comment period for the Guidance will begin in September 2013 with final publication scheduled for January 2014. During the comment period, the GHG Protocol will discuss the drafts in webinars and seek written comments. GHG Protocol welcomes input on this guidance, regardless of participation in a Technical Working Group. For those interested in participating, please contact Mary Sotos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The GHG Protocol has released an accounting amendment that requires NF3 to be included in GHG inventories under the Corporate Standard, Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard, and Product Standard. New measurement techniques have revealed much higher atmospheric concentrations of NF3 than expected and these emissions continue to rise. This is particularly alarming because NF3 has a 100-year global warming potential of 17,200, meaning that it is 17,200 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in trapping atmospheric heat over a 100-year time span – much higher than most other GHGs. NF3 is used in a relatively small number of industrial processes. It is primarily produced in the manufacture of semiconductors and LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) panels, and certain types of solar panels and chemical lasers. NF3 is now considered a potent contributor to climate change and is therefore mandated to be included in national inventories under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GHG Protocol closely aligns its reporting requirements with those of the UNFCCC to ensure consistency between national, corporate, and product life cycle inventories.
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The GHG Protocol team has been writing blogs about exciting new developments in our different project areas. All of the blogs are available at WRI Insights as well as on the GHG Protocol website. This is a great opportunity to get more frequent updates about exciting work that is underway as well as find out new ways to engage in the projects.
- A New Way to Measure Emissions from China’s Coal-Fired Power Plants
- Rio de Janeiro Poised to Update its Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- 33 Cities Test New Framework for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Inventories
- 6 Lessons Brazilian Cities Learned From Greenhouse Gas Inventories
- Nitrogen Trifluoride Now Required in GHG Protocol Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories
- Lessons Learned from Low-Carbon City Planning in Malaysia
- New Guidance Makes Corporate Value Chain Accounting Easier
- A New Tool to Measure and Reduce Emissions from Agriculture
Joseph Winslow has joined WRI as an Objective Coordinator with the GHG Protocol team. Prior to joining WRI, Joe was at the Society for Science & the Public where he worked on the organization’s development and STEM education advocacy initiatives. He also worked at the National Association of Regional Councils, a membership organization of US COGs and MPOs, where he supported the organization’s environment and economic development programs. Before that, he interned for the U.S. Department of State in Calgary, Canada where he supported consular staff in their work involving the geopolitical energy and environment issues of the region.