Issue 31

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

The year 2011 is off to a great start. In this issue of the newsletter we are inviting you to participate in an online questionnaire to assist us in establishing the need and content of new guidance on GHG Policy Accounting.

The beginning of 2011 has also seen the announcement of a new initiative to help Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies measure their carbon footprint. These companies and their customers will soon have common approaches and methodologies to calculate the carbon footprints of ICT products and services thanks to industry guidance due to be published at the end of the year.

In February, WRI, along with The Energy and Resources Institute – Business Council for Sustainable Development (TERI-BCSD) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), organized a stakeholder dialogue on Corporate GHG Accounting in India. The event was held on the sidelines of the World CEO Forum 2011 and was the first formal consultation of a project between TERI and WRI.

Finally, the past few months saw the GHG Protocol team hold two discussion-based workshops on Green Power Accounting, tailored to US and European audiences specifically. The first workshop was held in Washington, DC in December and the second was held in London in January. The workshops centered around accounting practices relating to renewable energy credits (RECs), best practices for assuring clear emission attribute ownership, and how an emissions cap on the power sector impacts voluntary green power purchases.

As usual we welcome your feedback.

Best regards,

The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

Top Stories

Invitation to Inform New Initiative on GHG Mitigation Accounting

WRI is considering developing new guidance to help government agencies, civil society organizations, and others address the question, “What effect are policies expected to have on GHG emissions?”

New guidance would be voluntary, policy-neutral, and provide methods or case studies on quantifying GHG reductions from mitigation actions and policies.

New initiative announced to help ICT industry measure carbon footprint

New global guidance will provide common approaches for calculating carbon emissions of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services

Tuesday 8 March 2011 - ICT companies and their customers will soon have common approaches and methodologies to calculate the carbon footprints of ICT products and services thanks to industry guidance due to be published at the end of the year.

Stakeholder Dialogue on Corporate GHG Accounting in India

The Energy and Resources Institute – Business Council for Sustainable Development (TERI-BCSD), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the World Resources Institute (WRI) organized a stakeholder dialogue on Corporate GHG Accounting in India on February 2nd, 2011.

The event was held on the sidelines of the World CEO Forum 2011 and was the first formal consultation of a project between TERI and WRI. The partnership aims to build capacity on corporate GHG accounting and gain an appreciation of the necessary steps required for developing a national GHG program.

GHG Protocol holds green power accounting workshops in Washington DC and London

To garner feedback on the issues and options related to green power accounting, the GHG Protocol team held discussion-based workshops over the past few months tailored to US and European audiences specifically.

The DC workshop on December 13th, 2010 centered around accounting practices relating to renewable energy credits (RECs), best practices for assuring clear emission attribute ownership, and how an emissions cap on the power sector impacts voluntary green power purchases.

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