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.
The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team
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New developments are driving the need for GHG accounting programs around the world to evolve more efficiently, more effectively, and at a greater scale. On the business side, there is a trend toward managing GHG emissions along the value chain. Companies are looking up and down the supply chain and throughout the product life-cycle for GHG management opportunities. As climate policy becomes a reality in industrialized and developing countries around the world, many emerging economies are adopting voluntary national GHG mitigation targets and identifying the policies and measures to best achieve them. These trends point to the need for greatly enhanced GHG accounting capacity and tools at a global scale to ensure that mitigation actions can be measurable, reportable and verifiable.
Update from the star-studded launch of a new chain of sustainable restaurants.
On the evening of April 14th, WRI filled a role not normally reserved for environmental think tanks: 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.
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, 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 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.