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

Public Comment Begins for the GPC draft 2.0

After a successful nine-month pilot test from May 2013 to January 2014, the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) has been revised and is now available for public comment until August 18th. The authors particularly welcome review by city officials, practitioners, and technical experts in the fields of energy, transportation, waste management, agriculture and forestry.

Scope 2 Guidance Public Comment Period

May 5, 2014 - April 25, 2014

Background

Since the Corporate Standard publication in 2004, both companies and energy suppliers have sought ways to use contractual instruments such as power purchase agreements, renewable energy certificates, Guarantees of Origin, and utility green power programs to support claims about the low-carbon attributes of purchased energy. In addition, companies have increasingly taken a holistic view towards their energy demand management and procurement. Both trends have emphasized the need for a more complete and nuanced reporting framework for scope 2.

Looking Back on 15 Years of Greenhouse Gas Accounting

By Stephen Russell

Most people are familiar with the old adage “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Over the past 15 years, we at WRI have certainly seen the truth in that statement.

New CDP Report in the News

A report released by CDP in December 2013 on the use of internal carbon pricing by companies as an incentive and strategic planning tool garnered widespread attention in the media.

Financial Sector Guidance Technical Working Group Participation

UNEP FI and GHG Protocol invite interested stakeholders to participate in a technical working group for the development of a financial sector GHG accounting guidance and carbon asset risk guidance. Please see the Terms of Reference for details about the Technical Working Group process and a link to Survey Monkey where you can express your interest in participation.

Members and organizations willing to participate in the process will benefit by:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Guidance Will Help Financial Institutions Measure Emissions from Lending and Investment Portfolios

GENEVA, WASHINGTON (October 29, 2013) – Many financial institutionsmeasure and report their own greenhouse gas emissions, but the real impact is in their value chains. In 2013, only six percent of financial companies in the FTSE Global 500 reported any emissions associated with lending and investment portfolios to CDP.

RELEASE: Launch of the First Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool for Chinese Cities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact
Wee Kean Fong, Project Manager, GHG Protocol City Project wfong@wri.org
Xiaoqian Jiang, Research Analyst, GHG Protocol City Project, xqjiang@wri.org

Scope 2 Accounting

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.

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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.