Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,
The first quarter of 2007 saw many exciting developments for the GHG Protocol Initiative. The GHG Protocol Team released the ‘Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry Guidance for GHG Project Accounting’ at the Conference of Parties (COP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Additionally, the Philippine Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Program (PhilGARP) was launched in Manila. Continue reading for further updates.
The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team
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.
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.
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.