Issue 27

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

The members of the GHG Protocol team, along with more than 100 members of the seven Technical Working Groups, have been very busy in developing the two new standards on Product and Scope 3 accounting and reporting. The second steering committee meeting, held in Geneva, reviewed and provided valuable guidance on the first drafts of key requirements on selected topics provided by the seven Technical Working Groups. This quarter has seen the EPA release a proposed Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule for sixty days of public comment. GHG Protocol is also seeing some ‘celebrity’ uses by hit TV Show “24″ and the L.A. Clippers basketball team. Finally, the GHG Protocol team welcomes four new members of staff - Kaleigh Robinson, Ranping Song, Mary Sotos and Holly Lahd. Kaleigh joins the Brazil program as a Research Assistant, Ranping Song joins as Associate for the China Program and will be working out of WRI’s office in Beijing. Mary joins the team as an intern supporting tool development, while Holly joins as an intern supporting the Supply Chain Initiative.

As usual we welcome your feedback.

Best regards,

The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

Top Stories

WRI’s Pershing Named No. 2 Climate Diplomat for Secretary Clinton

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2009 - Dr. Jonathan Pershing today becomes the new Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change under U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Pershing will work alongside U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, who was appointed by Clinton on January 26 as President Barack Obama’s lead climate negotiator.

'24’ and the LA Clippers use GHG Protocol to help offset emissions

Fox television hit ‘24’ and the Los Angeles Clippers are both using WRI’s GHG Protocol to help offset emissions.

The Emmy award winning television series starring Kiefer Sutherland has been crowned the first carbon neutral television production, according to Fox.

Chinese Cement Companies Take Further Steps to Measure and Manage GHG Emissions

In July, the largest 42 cement companies in China will take further steps to measure and manage their GHG emissions. These companies produce approximately 400 million metric tons of cement per year, accounting for over 30% of Chinese cement production. Cement production is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions, accounting for five percent of the global total. China’s cement sector alone accounts for 45% of global cement production.

New EPA Rule Establishes Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting

EPA is creating a nationwide database of greenhouse gas emissions, an important first step on the path to reducing U.S. emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule for sixty days of public comment, with a final rule expected in late 2009. The proposal would cover 85 to 90 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions.

Profiles

Holly Lahd

Holly is a Research Assistant on WRI’s GHG Protocol team and supports the Product and Supply Chain Initiative. Prior to joining WRI, Holly worked for the Metropolitan Council of Minnesota where she led the Council’s GHG emissions reporting efforts to the Climate Registry. She has also worked as a research assistant with the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Holly has a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Environmental Management and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Kaleigh Robinson

Kaleigh Robinson joins the GHG Protocol team as a Research Assistant and is working on the Brazil Program. Kaleigh comes to WRI from the Climate Trust in Portland, Oregon, where she worked on local, regional and federal climate policy issues and provided research and analysis for the Offset Quality Initiative. She holds a masters in International Development with a focus on carbon markets, environment and development from Tulane University. Kaleigh recently completed a Portuguese language fellowship and a microfinance research fellowship, both in Northeastern Brazil. She also has experience in international education and microfinance and speaks Portuguese.

Ranping Song

Ranping Song, who also goes by RP, joins WRI’s GHG Protocol team as an Associate and project manager of the GHG Protocol work in China. RP will be working out of the WRI office in Beijing. Prior to joining WRI, RP worked as China Campaign Manager for The Climate Group in Beijing. There he worked to engage companies and government agencies to promote climate friendly products in order to reduce carbon footprint. Before working with The Climate Group, RP worked for the United Nations Development Group in New York, and for an environmental NGO in Guangzhou, China. RP has a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelors degree in Law from Lanzhou University.

Mary Sotos

Mary is a Research Assistant on WRI’s GHG Protocol team and supports the project’s calculation tools development. Mary graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in 2007 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She then spent a year in Brussels, Belgium conducting research through a Fulbright Fellowship, which analyzed regional energy demand projections and the anticipated impact of energy efficiency policies related to buildings. She also pursued graduate coursework in Science and Environmental Management at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.