Issue 29

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

Welcome to the September issue of the GHG Protocol newsletter. It has been a busy few months over the Spring and Summer period. The development of the Product Life Cycle and Scope 3 Accounting and Reporting Standards progresses further as more than 60 companies completed extensive road testing of the new standards. The team has been busy with workshops over the past few months. The first International Workshop of GHG Protocol-based Programs was held at WRI offices in Washington, DC over the Spring with fifty experts from Greenhouse Gas inventory programs convening to participate in a two-day discussion. Participants shared experiences, discussed opportunities, and generated recommendations for future development. Road testers of the new Product and Scope 3 standards gathered in Washington, DC in May to participate in a three day workshop - one and a half days were assigned to each standard. The workshops, designed to gauge company opinion regarding the practicality and usability of the draft standards, provided an interactive forum where 50 companies came together to share experiences, swap ideas and generate feedback. GHG Protocol also filled a rather unique role recently: VIP guest at a high-profile New York restaurant opening. Otarian, now open in New York City’s West Village, is a new boutique fast-casual restaurant chain based on the principles of sustainability and vegetarianism. Otarian is one of the organizations that road tested GHG Protocol’s Product Life Cycle Standard.

Finally, GHG Protocol welcomes three new members to the team. Wee Kean Fong, Xiaoyu Shi and Shu Yang will all be working out of WRI’s Beijing office and supporting GHG Protocol’s ongoing work in China.

As usual we look forward to your feedback.

Best regards,

The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

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Top Stories

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), sets the global standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions.

Hundreds of companies and organizations around the world are using GHG Protocol standards and tools to manage their emissions and become more efficient, resilient, and prosperous organizations.

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RELEASE: Companies Can Now Credibly Report Emissions From Low-Carbon Electricity Purchases

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2015)– Today the World Resources Institute unveiled new guidance for companies to measure emissions from purchased electricity. The first major update to the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard responds to the rapid growth of renewable energy and other major shifts in the electricity market.

Scope 3 Evaluator Now Available

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Quantis have joined forces to develop and launch the Scope 3 Evaluator - a free, web-based tool that allows users to make an initial, rough approximation of their full Scope 3 footprint, regardless of the size or type of organization.

Read the full press release here.

Hundreds of Cities Poised to Replicate Rio’s Approach to Measuring and Reducing Emissions

By Wee Kean Fong and Ryan Schleeter - December 08, 2014

Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s leading cities injecting sustainability into its planning. In 2011, Mayor Eduardo Paes enacted an ambitious climate change law, setting a goal to avoid 20 percent of its emissions by 2020, based on 2005 levels. There was only one problem: The city wasn’t sure just how much it was emitting, or where its emissions were coming from.

RELEASE: Launch of First Global Standard to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cities

Launch of First Global Standard to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cities

WRI, C40 and ICLEI Establish First Common Standard to Measure and Report City Emissions

LIMA, PERU (December 8, 2014) — Today the World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) launched the first widely endorsed standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a COP20 event featuring mayors and officials from cities around the world. The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) uses a robust and clear framework to establish credible emissions accounting and reporting practices, thereby helping cities develop an emissions baseline, set mitigation goals, create more targeted climate action plans and track progress over time. By using the GPC, cities will also strengthen vertical integration of data reporting to other levels of government, and should gain improved access to local and international climate financing.

RELEASE: Launch of Two New Greenhouse Gas Standards to Improve Climate Policies, Design and Track Progress towards Mitigation Goals

WASHINGTON, DC (November 18, 2014)For the first time, governments now have consistent, reliable methods to account for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from their climate policies and goals.

Today, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) launched two new standards to help governments design better policies and emissions reductions goals, and measure progress against them. Developed by World Resources Institute (WRI), the Mitigation Goal Standard and Policy and Action Standard will enable policymakers and analysts to set robust mitigation goals, improve policies, and track progress to meet climate goals.

Staying on Track: A New Tool for Designing and Meeting Emissions-Reduction Goals

by Kelly Levin, David Rich and Pankaj Bhatia - November 18, 2014

China just announced a mitigation goal to peak its emissions by 2030 or earlier, while the United States committed to reduce its national emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. South Africa has pledged to reduce its emissions 34 percent below business-as-usual emissions by 2020. Costa Rica has a carbon neutrality goal to be achieved by 2021. New York City aims to reduce its emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. And countless other cities and countries have set similar emissions-reduction targets.

How to Calculate Policies’ Effects on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by David Rich, Kelly Levin and Pankaj Bhatia - November 18, 2014

Tunisia launched its renewable energy program, PROSOL ELEC, in 2010 to scale up solar photovoltaic systems in buildings throughout the country. The National Agency for Energy Conversation (ANME) anticipated that the greater use of solar power would help curb climate change, but experts didn’t quantify just how much the program would reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

RELEASE: First Ever Agriculture Guidance Empowers Companies to Measure and Manage Emissions

PRESS RELEASE - May 29, 2014

17 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions result from agriculture

SÃO PAOLO//WASHINGTON (May 29, 2014) – The World Resources Institute unveiled the first ever Agricultural Guidance to help companies measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector, including farming, livestock, and land use change. The agriculture sector is responsible for 17 percent of global GHG emissions, including land use change. However, 75 percent of agricultural producers targeted by CDP do not report their emissions.

Scope 2 Guidance Public Comment Period

May 5, 2014 - April 25, 2014


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.



The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), sets the global standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions.

Hundreds of companies and organizations around the world are using GHG Protocol standards and tools to manage their emissions and become more efficient, resilient, and prosperous organizations.

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Wee Kean Fong

Wee Kean Fong is an Associate with the GHG Protocol team and works out of the WRI China Office. He leads WRI China’s works in city-level GHG program and low carbon city planning. Fong has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Technology Malaysia, and a Master of Engineering and Doctor of Engineering from the Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan. He has extensive experience in urban and regional planning, environmental management, and research on the estimation and projection of city-level energy consumptions and GHG emissions with particular focus on low-carbon city planning. Before joining WRI, Fong was affiliated with a Tokyo-based international consulting firm, where he involved in a number of Japanese ODA projects and gained international project experience in several Asian countries. Prior to that, he worked for an environmental consultant firm in Malaysia, where he built his strong technical background in environmental management and urban and regional planning.

Xiaoyu Shi

Xiaoyu Shi, a national of China, is an Associate within WRI’s Climate and Energy Program. Currently, Xiaoyu manages and coordinates two China projects on power sector GHG accounting and industrial energy efficiency financing. Xiaoyu has more than six years of experience working on clean energy and climate change. Prior to joining WRI, Xiaoyu worked on lending and advisory & technical assistance projects at various capacities at the World Bank in Washington DC for five years. Xiaoyu earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also has a Master’s degree in Human Geography from Beijing (Peking) University, Beijing, China. Xiaoyu earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economic Geography & City Planning from Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China. In her spare time, Xiaoyu enjoys playing badminton. She also likes many other outdoor activities, such as skating, skiing, tennis and hiking.

Shu Yang

Shu Yang joins WRI’s GHG Protocol team as a Research Assistant for the GHG Protocol work in China. She works out of the WRI office in Beijing. Shu holds a Masters degree in Global Policy Studies from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She obtained her bachelor degree in Public Affairs Management from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.