Issue 24

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

The first issue of 2008 is full of noteworthy updates. In a nutshell, the GHG Protocol is planning to develop new greenhouse gas accounting standards for supply chain/life-cycle emissions. WRI and WBCSD also led efforts to organize China’s first workshop for Chinese cement companies to measure CO2 emissions using the GHG Protocol. The long-awaited update of the calculation tools are nearing completion, and GHG programs in both India and Brazil are expected to be launched this spring. As always, we welcome any feedback you may have.

Best regards,

The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

Top Stories

New Guidelines on Supply Chain and Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting in Planning Process

With “carbon footprint” increasingly becoming a popular buzzword within the corporate lexicon, companies are seeking more guidance on how to develop fuller and more accurate pictures of their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in terms of supply chain, lifecycle, and product emissions.

Chinese Cement Companies Accounting for CO2 Emissions

Last month, Chinese cement companies took the first steps towards measuring and managing CO2 emissions across the entire cement sector

Cement production is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions: five percent of the global total.

Designing a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Registry

In late February, WRI is publishing a policy brief called “Designing a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Registry.” Unlike previous publications such as Measuring to Manage: A Guide to Designing Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Programs, this policy brief focuses on the design of mandatory greenhouse gas registries for use in regulatory, rather than voluntary, contexts.

Program Based on U.S. EPA's Climate Leaders to be Launched in India

Since its creation in 2002, the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders Program has assisted more than 150 companies to develop and implement long-term climate change strategies. This includes developing a GHG inventory, an inventory management plan, and a GHG reduction target. To replicate this successful model in India, WRI, U.S. EPA and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Green Business Center (GBC) are partnering together to replicate the Climate Leaders program there. Following the Annual Meeting of the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders Program in Boulder, Colorado on Dec.

Taking Corporate GHG Accounting to Scale: Bali Side Event Introduces New Tools for GHG Management

The GHG Protocol announced three new developments to promote the scale-up of GHG accounting and reporting at a COP-13 side event on December 7 in Bali, Indonesia.

The side event launched the GHG Protocol’s newest publication, Measuring to Manage: A Guide to Designing GHG Accounting and Reporting Programs.

Profiles

Neelam Singh

WRI is pleased to welcome Neelam Singh, who joins the GHG Protocol team as an Associate. Prior to joining WRI, Neelam worked as an environmental scientist with Potomac-Hudson Engineering (PHE), a private environmental and information technology consulting firm. At PHE, she initiated efforts to develop a company-wide greenhouse gas inventory, helped in the production of environmental impact statements for energy projects such as the FutureGen initiative, and supported environmental compliance projects. Before that, Neelam spent over four years as a research associate with the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) climate change campaign. During this time, she wrote analytical articles and briefing papers on climate change policy, international negotiations, flexibility mechanisms and impacts of climate change to initiate dialogue and inform policy debates. Neelam has also served as a short-term consultant with the World Bank, conducting research for various capacity building programs.

Neelam has an undergraduate degree in Physics from Delhi University and a Masters in International Development Studies with a specialization in Environment Studies from Ohio University.