Issue 33

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

Welcome to the January, 2012 edition of the GHG Protocol newsletter. This quarter’s edition highlights the major global and regional events that we organized to launch the new Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standards. Launch events have taken place in New York, London, Beijing, Tokyo, and Durban and training courses on the new standards are taking place internationally.

Coinciding with the launch of the new standards, the GHG Protocol has reached its 12th year anniversary. At this important time in GHG Protocol’s history, Pankaj Bhatia, Director of GHG Protocol, and Janet Ranganathan, the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Vice President of Science and Research, discuss GHG Protocol’s evolution and look at salient features embodied in the GHG Protocol approach and stakeholder process that have proven key to its success.

Meanwhile, the GHG Protocol continues to develop new standards and guidance. The processes underway to develop Power Sector guidance to establish accounting rules for renewable energy purchases and products, Agriculture Sector guidance, and Mitigation Accounting guidance will enter into a new phase with workshops and opportunities for stakeholders to review and provide inputs in the coming months. More details are provided in the sections below.

As always we welcome your feedback on all areas of our work.

Best regards,

The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

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.

Featured Content

GLEC Framework: a universal method for logistics emissions accounting

This week, the Smart Freight Center released the GLEC Framework, a guide for shippers, carriers and logistics service providers on how to report emissions from logistics operations. It is meant to be used in conjunction with the Corporate Standard, and it has earned the “Built on GHG Protocol” mark for its compliance with GHG Protocol’s requirements.

New e-learning courses on the Policy and Action Standard and Mitigation Goal Standard

The GHG Protocol offers two new online courses for policymakers and analysts at either the national or local level. The courses are intended to help users understand the Policy and Action Standard and Mitigation Goal Standard and apply the standard to their specific circumstances.

You, too, can master value chain emissions

For many businesses, value chain (scope 3) emissions account for more than 70 percent of their carbon footprint. Measuring and managing these emissions can motivate a company to do business with greener suppliers, improve the energy efficiency of its products, and rethink its distribution network -- measures that significantly reduce the overall impact on the climate.

If your company does not yet account for scope 3 emissions, you may be wondering where to start. Here are a few essential resources to guide you through the process.

Public Comment: IAEG Scope 3 Supplemental Guidance

The International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) has released their draft Scope 3 Supplemental Guidance, which is now available for public comment. This sector guidance is intended to supplement the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard and provide additional guidance for companies within the aerospace industry.

Request For Proposals

World Resources Institute seeks a vendor to develop an online course to be delivered by December 2015. More information about the finished product and how to submit a proposal is available here.

Top Ten Questions about the Scope 2 Guidance

On January 20, the GHG Protocol released the Scope 2 Guidance: an amendment to the Corporate Standard. It is the first major revision to the Corporate Standard in over 11 years. To help companies start implementing the Guidance, here are a few answers to the top ten questions you might have and where to find more information in the Guidance document.

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

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. To address this gap, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) have begun developing guidance to help financial intermediaries assess the emissions from their lending and investments portfolios.

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. During the comment period, the GHG Protocol will discuss the drafts in webinars and seek written comments.

CAIT 2.0 Provides Ready Access To GHG Emissions Data

On July 10, WRI launched the Beta version of its new Climate Analysis Indicators Tool, or CAIT 2.0. The free online portal provides data on GHG emissions from 186 countries and all 50 U.S. states, as well as other climate-relevant data, and allows users to readily view, sort, visualize, and download data sets for comparative analysis. By providing comprehensive emissions data in an easy-to-use tool, users from government, business, academia, the media, and civil society can effectively explore, understand, and communicate climate change issues.

CAIT 2.0 – WRI’s Climate Data Explorer (Beta)

India GHG Program Launch

On July 22, 2013, WRI India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) launched the India GHG Program, a voluntary initiative to standardize measurement and management of GHG emissions in India. In addition to representatives from over 20 founding member companies, the event was attended by key corporate, environmental, and government leaders including Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Shakti Foundation, USAID, and CDP.

RELEASE: India GHG Program Launches with More Than 20 Leading Companies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact
Vivek P. Adhia, Senior Associate, WRI India, +91 9820290980, vivek.adhia@wri-india.org
Ms Zainab Naeem, Communications Research Associate, TERI, +91- 8800286575, zainab.naeem@teri.res.in
Samuel Sunder Singh, Executive Officer, CII Godrej GBC, +91 9866661680, Samuel.Sunder@cii.in

ADVISORY: India GHG Program Launches with More Than 20 Leading Companies

NEW DELHI—On Monday, July 22, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) will launch a ‘center for excellence’ on GHG accounting in India – the India GHG Program –to enhance focus on business opportunities, risks and profitability levers.

Event Recap: GHG Protocol Brazil Seminar

May 23, 2013

On May 23, in São Paulo, WRI, ICLEI, C40, USP-IEE, and EMBARQ Brazil jointly brought together more than 200 Brazilian city officials and experts to discuss how to use the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cities. Representatives from Brazil’s federal and state governments, as well as city-level governments including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Piracicaba, shared their experiences in conducting GHG inventories and implementing local climate actions.

Accounting Amendment: NF3 now required in GHG inventories

The GHG Protocol has released an accounting amendment that requires NF3 to be included in GHG inventories under the Corporate Standard, Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard, and Product Standard.

How does this update affect my organization?
NF3 is used in a relatively small number of industrial processes. It is primarily produced in the manufacture of semiconductors and LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) panels, and certain types of solar panels and chemical lasers. To the extent that these processes occur in your company’s direct operations or value chain, they may need to be reflected in future inventories to ensure conformance with GHG Protocol standards.

Inventários de Emissões de Gases de Efeito Estufa para Cidades - GPC

O programa GHG Protocol do World Resources Institute – WRI pretende contribuir com o esforço coletivo mundial em busca de uma economia resiliente e do equilíbrio climático do planeta. Para isso, desenvolve ferramentas de apoio à contabilização e reporte de emissões de GEE, como o GHG Protocol para empresas, reconhecido e adotado mundialmente.

As cidades brasileiras estão se interessando cada vez mais pelas emissões de GEE geradas em seus territórios. Muitas desenvolveram inventários e estabeleceram planos de ação climáticos e legislação específica. Os métodos padronizados para delimitar, calcular e reportar essas emissões são fundamentais para avaliar o desempenho das cidades ao longo do tempo e desenvolver planos de ação para uma economia de baixo carbono.

Scope 3 Calculation Guidance

New guidance makes corporate value chain accounting easier

GHG Protocol has released extensive new guidance for calculating value chain (scope 3) emissions. The guidance is freely available to download below.

An effective corporate climate change strategy requires a detailed understanding of a company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Until recently, most companies have focused on measuring emissions from their own operations and electricity consumption, using the GHG Protocol’s scope 1 and scope 2 framework. But what about all of the emissions a company is responsible for outside of its own walls—from the goods it purchases to the disposal of the products it sells?

Open Comment Period for Agriculture Guidance

GHG Protocol has released a second draft of its Agricultural Guidance for open comment.

Request for Input on Scope 3 Standard Implementation

As part of WRI's efforts to promote implementation of the GHG Protocol Scope 3 Standard and spur innovation in value chain management, WRI requests your input through a survey on how collaboration with other companies would enable you to reduce value chain GHG emissions, respond to new challenges, and demonstrate value chain leadership. The input we receive will inform potential WRI initiatives with companies to reduce Scope 3 emissions.

Public Comment for Guidance for Product Category Rule Development

The Guidance for Product Category Rule Development has been released for public comment. This document was developed in response to a widely recognized need for guidance on product category rule development. It will supplement existing standards for LCA-based claims that require the development of product category rules (PCRs), product rules or their equivalents. The aim is for PCRs to be developed in a consistent manner and used to support claims based on multiple standards.

Scope 3 Online Course Development

UPDATE

Online courses for the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard and the Product Lifecycle Standard have been developed and are available at www.ghgprotocol.org/e-learning.

WRI Joins The Sustainability Consortium

ARIZONA, USA, – January 31th, 2013 – The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is pleased to announce the World Resources Institute (WRI) as a new civil society organization member.

Team Updates

Mark Didden joined WBCSD in October to take the lead in the GHG Protocol Working Group. Mark previously worked for five year at Philips in the Netherlands as a business analyst in their Corporate Sustainability Office – the department responsible for Philips global sustainability strategy. He has worked across a wide range of sustainability topics, including the implementation and management of Philips’ carbon footprint reporting process. Mark holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science.

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User Survey Highlights Most Valued Tools and Resources

Earlier this summer, GHG Protocol conducted a survey to collect input from all of our users regarding our tools and resources. With increasing opportunities and challenges in providing a broader range of GHG-inventory services, it is important to know what our users value most and how to prioritize improvements of these resources. The survey included questions about our downloadable Excel-based calculation tools, the availability of emission factors and guidance documents, and training and verification resources.

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Event Recap: Brazil Agriculture Inaugural Workshop

Agriculture and agriculture-linked land use change contribute almost 80% to Brazil’s national emissions. On September 25 in Sao Paulo, GHG Protocol held an inaugural workshop to engage key stakeholders in developing a set of new tools specific to Brazilian agriculture – a corporate GHG accounting standard and emission factors. The event featured a keynote address by Eduardo Assad, a director at Embrapa and formerly the Brazilian secretary for climate change.

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Event Recap: WBCSD Council meeting

Last week the annual WBCSD council meeting took place in Seoul, South Korea. This meeting included a constructive session for the Greenhouse Gas Management Working Group. Three strategic priorities for the coming years were agreed upon: 1) Business leading in carbon management, 2) Promoting harmonization in reporting programs, and 3) WRI partnership and collaboration. The first strategic priority will focus on engagement with investors and on CFO and investor relations, as well as on sharing GHG management best practices.

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January 2013 Webinar Training: GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard

The GHG Protocol will be hosting an online training course on the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard.

Dates: The webinar will take place January 8th, 9th, & 10st from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm EST (corresponding local times for some cities in additional time zones are given in the table below). Each day will have an interactive format including case studies and exercises.

Registration is now closed

January 2013 Webinar Training: GHG Protocol Corporate Standard

The GHG Protocol will be hosting an online training course on the basics of the Corporate Standard, the most widely used standard for companies and organizations to measure and manage their GHG emissions. All GHG Protocol Corporate Standard Webinar Course attendees will receive a certificate of course completion after actively participating in all course sessions. The learning objectives for the course are available here.

November 2012 Webinar Training: GHG Protocol Corporate Standard

The GHG Protocol will be hosting an online training course on the Corporate Standard, the most widely used standard for companies and organizations to measure and manage their GHG emissions. All GHG Protocol Corporate Standard Webinar Course attendees will receive a certificate of course completion after actively participating in all course sessions. The learning objectives for the course are available here.

Workshop: Integrando Agropecuária aos Inventários Corporativos de GEE

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Inscreva-se agora e contribua para a próxima geração de ferramentas de gestão de gases de efeito estufa (GEE) relativa à agropecuária Brasileira. O GHG Protocol cordialmente lhe convida a participar do encontro cujo foco será ajudar no desenvolvimento de ferramentas (um protocolo de contabilização de GEE e um conjunto de fatores de emissão) específicas para o Brasil. Esperamos que possa participar e:

Training on reduced fee

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Pilot a New SWOT Tool for Sustainability

As corporate leaders track and set more ambitious targets for reducing GHG emissions—and take a broader look at Scope 3 emissions—many are looking for a way to find new opportunities to collaborate (internally and externally). Starting this month, WRI is inviting companies to road test a new collaboration tool developed as part of the Next Practice Collaborative.

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Launch of Beta Version of GHG Emissions Calculation Tool for Chinese Coal Fired Power Plants

At a May 29 launch event in Beijing, WRI introduced the GHG Emissions calculation tool for Chinese Coal-Fired Power Plants to an audience of about 100 participants. The tool is one example of GHG Protocol’s work to support climate change mitigation in China. It will enable Chinese power companies to establish a GHG emission inventory of its operations and prepare for GHG emissions management and reduction.

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Survey on Calculation Tools

The GHG Protocol aims to ensure wide and effective use of its standards and support companies in the completion of accurate, relevant, complete, consistent and transparent GHG inventories. But the landscape for GHG calculation and verification procedures has been evolving quickly, prompting the need for a public survey to help identify the calculation priorities of our users, along with their perspectives on GHG inventory verification and training in accounting.

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New GHG Protocol Video Discusses Business Value of Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain Inventories

GHG Protocol recently released a new video: The Business Value of the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain Standards. In the film, executives from companies such as PepsiCo, BASF, and Tesco discuss the important role the standards play in revealing new opportunities for GHG reductions. GHG Protocol’s new standards also help businesses identify innovative solutions, collaborate with suppliers and customers, and focus a company’s efforts in the right places to efficiently reduce emissions and drive business value. The video is available here:

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September 2012 Webinar Training: GHG Protocol Corporate Standard

The GHG Protocol will be hosting an online training course on the Corporate Standard, the most widely used standard for companies and organizations to measure and manage their GHG emissions. All GHG Protocol Corporate Standard Webinar Course attendees will receive a certificate of course completion after actively participating in all course sessions. The learning objectives for the course are available here.

Blogs, July 2012

Over the past few months, the GHG Protocol team has been actively writing blogs about exciting new developments in the different project areas. All of the blogs are available at WRI Insights as well as on the GHG Protocol website. This is a great opportunity to get more frequent updates about exciting work that is underway as well as find out new ways to engage in the projects.

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Upcoming Webinar Trainings on the Corporate Standard

The GHG Protocol will be hosting 2 separate webinar trainings on the Corporate Standard. The first complete training will be held on July 24, 25, and 26 from 9 am – 12 pm EST, and the registration fee will be US $300. More information on the training and payment can be found here.

The GHG Protocol will hold a second complete webinar training on the Corporate Standard on September 11, 12, and 13 from 7:30 – 10:30 pm EST, also for a registration fee of $300. Information on that course can be found here.

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New Video: The business value of the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain Standards

Last week’s Rio+20 conference failed to yield strong sustainability commitments from corporations. As Manish Bapna, interim president of the World Resources Institute (WRI) stated earlier this week, companies in Rio didn’t “grasp the fundamental recognition that the planet is on an unsustainable course and the window for action is closing.” The gap between where we need to get to avoid climate change’s worst effects and the actions companies are willing to take to get us there have never been further apart.

United Kingdom National Health Service releases draft guidance document for pharmaceutical products and medical devices

The United Kingdom National Health Service’s draft guidance document for pharmaceutical products and medical devices has been released for public comment. This document was developed following the methodology of the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard. Webinars to discuss the sector guidance document and provide input will be held on June 26th and 27th.

RELEASE: Project Launches to Measure and Manage GHG Emissions for Agriculture in Brazil

For Immediate Release
Michael Oko, Tel. (in Rio) + 55 21 81 710258; moko@wri.org;
Juliana Nogueira (61) 3329 2330 , juliana.nogueira@fco.gov.uk

Brazilian Secretary for Climate Change, British Ambassador and WRI Interim President to announce project during Rio+20

Courage to Lead

Watch a short video to learn about WRI and the GHG Protocol

WRI celebrated its 30th Anniversary on May 23, with the "Courage to Lead" dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. At the dinner, WRI recognized the contributions of its special guest, philanthropist and Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and honored Stephen Ross, chairman, CEO and founder of Related Companies; and Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College and WRI's former president.

Launch of GHG Calculation Tool for Chinese Power Plants

In partnership with China Electricity Council (CEC), WRI developed a greenhouse gas (GHG) calculation tool for Chinese coal-fired power plants. Coal-fired power plants are responsible for over 45% of total fuel-combustion CO2 emissions in China.

Invitation to Comment: Proposed Addition of Gases Reported with GHG Protocol Standards

Open comment period on proposed change to GHG Protocol standards

GHG accounting is not a static field and the GHG Protocol is constantly reviewing its publications to ensure they properly reflect the science on climate change and continue to define best practices for GHG accounting and management. One area the GHG Protocol monitors is the best available scientific evidence regarding the importance of individual GHGs, as evaluated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and as reflected in the guidelines of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for national GHG emissions reporting.

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Currently Available GHG Protocol Training Courses

The GHG Protocol has developed five training courses based on its standards. These courses are scheduled regularly and can be customized for a variety of different audiences. Questions and inquiries on training offerings should be emailed to Joe Winslow at jwinslow@wri.org.

Course Overview

Corporate Standard

Product Standard Online Course Development

As part of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Value Chain Initiative, the World Resources Institute (WRI) is seeking qualified assistance to build on the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard to develop an on-line course to train potential users of the Standard.

RELEASE: New Greenhouse Gas Standards Unveiled for Corporate Value Chain and Products in India

NEW DELHI (MARCH 15, 2012) – The Greenhouse Gas Protocol launched two new standards today in New Delhi, India, to empower businesses to better measure, manage, and report their greenhouse gas emissions. Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) and Product Life Cycle Standards enable companies to save money, reduce risks, and gain competitive advantages.

Blog: Greenhouse Gas Protocol Launches in India

The use of standards to account for corporate greenhouse gases is increasingly common in developed countries – but it is emerging in developing countries as well. In India, companies’ focus on value chain inventories and life cycle thinking is in nascent stages. That’s why the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a collaboration of the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development is partnering with The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) in launching its two new tools, the Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standards, in New Delhi next week.

Quebec product footprinting pilot project launched using the GHG Protocol Product Standard

The GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard will be used by CIRAIG and the Government of Quebec in the first stage of their carbon footprint certification initiative. The pilot project will last one year and look to advance the consistency of environmental labeling programs.



Further information is available through press release and also at the CIRAIG website.

India Launch of Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standards

Following the launch of the Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standards in New York City, London, Beijing, and Tokyo, the GHG Protocol will be launching the standards in India on March 15, 2012. The event will be hosted by the World Resources Institute (WRI), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The launch event will take place in the morning and be followed by training workshops on the new standards in the afternoon.

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India Workshop on GHG Mitigation Accounting

WRI and ABPS (India) are holding a workshop in India on tracking greenhouse gas performance of mitigation actions and mitigation goals. The workshop will take place on March 7, 2012, in Delhi.

The workshop will convene experts and stakeholders from governments, civil society, and the private sector to discuss issues, practices, and solutions related to the technical challenges of quantifying GHG reductions from mitigation actions and tracking national and sub-national performance toward GHG reduction goals. During the workshop, participants will learn about ABPS’s recent survey findings on the subject based on many interviews with experts in India.

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Coming Soon: Survey on GHG Protocol Calculation Tools

The GHG Protocol has historically provided Excel-based calculation tools on our website for any organization to download and use free of charge. These tools use widely-accepted emission factors for both cross-sector and sector-specific emission sources in corporate GHG inventories. Since the initial development of these tools, the GHG calculation field has experienced exponential growth: software programs and applications for companies have proliferated, and more databases and information sources have become available for a variety of calculation needs in more geographic areas.

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April 4th, 2012 – Agriculture workshop

Companies have repeatedly called for consistent and credible guidelines on how to account for the GHG emissions from agriculture within their corporate- or farm-level inventories. The GHG Protocol has just released a first draft of the ‘Agricultural Protocol’, aimed at providing exactly those guidelines. The Agricultural Protocol is a supplement to the Corporate Standard and new Scope 3 Standard, outlining how both producers and their supply chain partners (processors, food brand manufacturers, and food retailers, etc.) can measure the GHG impact of agricultural production.

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GHG Protocol Asia Regional Training: How to Establish a National Program for Companies to Report GHG Emissions

The World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol will be holding an Asia Regional Training on how to establish and implement nation- or regional-level corporate greenhouse gas emissions reporting programs and trainings. Members of the GHG Protocol Program will be presenting their experiences, sharing lessons learned, and providing training to workshop participants.

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Call for Stakeholder Input on Potential Movie Production Guidance

The GHG Protocol periodically assesses the need for GHG accounting guidance within different business sectors and organizational types. We are currently scoping the GHG accounting needs associated with film and television production activities internationally, and are seeking stakeholders expert in this field to help illuminate the issues relating to GHG emission sources and accounting questions. Some of these potential issues include:

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Workshop: Integrating Agriculture into Corporate GHG Inventories

Register now to learn about and contribute to the next generation of standards for managing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. The GHG Protocol cordially invites you to a one-day workshop to help develop international best practices for including agricultural emissions in corporate and supply chain inventories. We hope you will be able to participate and:

Launch of the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain Standards

On October 4th the GHG Protocol launched the new Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain Standards with events in New York City and London. The global press launch of the Standards in New York City occurred in conjunction with WRI’s Corporate Consultative Group (CCG) fall meeting. CCG is a group of 150-200 representatives of large corporations, mainly sustainability managers, who are coming to engage with WRI experts – and with each other – to access environmental intelligence in order to protect and grow shareholder value and steer business to better protect the environment.

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Preliminary Agenda and Schedule Announced for 2012 Climate Leadership Conference

With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the headline sponsor, the first annual Climate Leadership Conference will be held from February 29-March 1, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The conference will bring together leaders from business, government and academic institutions, and the non-profit community interested in exchanging ideas and information on how to address climate change while simultaneously running their operations more competitively and sustainably.

PRESS RELEASE: New Greenhouse Gas Standards Unveiled in China for Corporate Value Chain and Product Emissions

November 15, 2011

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol launched two new standards today that will empower businesses to better measure, manage, and report their greenhouse gas emissions. Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) and Product Life Cycle Standards will enable companies to save money, reduce risks, and gain competitive advantage.

It is the first time the two organizations have officially released GHG Protocol standards in China.

Watch the Brand New GHG Protocol Animation Video

GHG Protocol is proud to premiere its brand new animation video. The video tells the story of the two new standards through compelling animation.

Also notice the integration of GHG Protocol's new branding throughout the feature.

First Training on the New Standards - October 28th

The first training on the new Product and Corporate Value Chain Standards will be held in Germany on October 28th following the 6th PCF World Forum. This one day training will be held free of charge however, due to space restrictions the training requires advanced registration. Registration is available here:http://www.pcf-world-forum.org/.

GHG Protocol: Looking Back on the Past Twelve Years

Today the GHG Protocol launches two new global greenhouse gas accounting standards - for corporate value chains (scope 3) and product life cycle emissions. Janet Ranganathan, WRI’s Vice-president for Science & Research, and Pankaj Bhatia, WRI’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol Director since 2004, describe the 12-year program’s critical role in business and government efforts to address climate impacts.

Q: What is the GHG Protocol(GHGP) and who uses it?

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Conference line information (New York): Launch of the Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standards

Date: October 4th, 2011
Time: 9am to 12.15pm U.S. Eastern Time

Please note, due to the number of lines and participants at the New York event this conference call will be listen-only.

A video recording of the event will be posted on the GHG Protocol website in the near future.

Participant passcode:

GHGP

Global conference call numbers:

ARGENTINA

0800-777-0476

AUSTRALIA

ADELAIDE:

61-8-8121-4874

1-800-204-161

BRISBANE:

61-7-3102-0976

1-800-204-161

CANBERRA:

61-2-6100-1976

1-800-204-161

MELBOURNE:

61-3-9010-7745

1-800-204-161

PERTH:

Global Launch of the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) and Product Lifecycle Standards in London

WHAT:
Global Launch of the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) and Product Lifecycle Standards in London. (See the full agenda here: http://bit.ly/ghgpLOND)

WHO:
Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL
Paul Simpson, CEO Carbon Disclosure Project
Monika Betz, Senior VP Environment, BASF
Helen Fleming, Director of Climate Change, Tesco
Gary Crawford, VP Sustainability, Veolia
Maureen Nowak, Head of Policy, Assessment & Tools, DEFRA
Bjorn Stigson, President, WBCSD
Janet Ranganathan, VP Science and Research, WRI

Global Launch of the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) and Product Lifecycle Standards in New York City

WHAT:
Global Launch of the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) and Product Lifecycle Standards in New York City. (See the full agenda here)

WHO:
Manish Bapna, Interim President, WRI
Thierry Berthoud, Managing Director of Energy and Climate, WBCSD
Linda Fisher, VP for Safety Health & Environment and Chief Sustainability Officer, Dupont
Edwin Pinero, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Veolia Water, North America
Pankaj Bhatia, Director, Greenhouse Gas Protocol, WRI

ADVISORY: Global Launch of New Standards to Measure Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011

Contacts:
WRI: Michael Oko, (202) 729-7684, moko@wri.org
WBCSD: Peter Paul van de Wijs, +41 22 839 3141, vandewijs@wbcsd.org

Launch of the Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standards

On October 4th, 2011 business leaders from around the world will come together to see the new GHG Protocol standards unveiled for the first time. Simultaneous events in New York City and London will be first in a series of launch events around the world. Launch events are already planned for November 18th in Beijing and November 21st in Tokyo.

These groundbreaking standards establish the first internationally agreed-upon approaches for measuring and reporting GHG emissions throughout product life cycles and corporate value chains.

LCM 2011, Berlin, Germany

August 29th WRI’s GHG Protocol Director, Pankaj Bhatia, delivered a keynote address on the new GHG Protocol Supply Chain Standards at the Life Cycle Management (LCM) Conference 2011. The Life Cycle Management conference series is one of the world’s leading forums for environmental, economic and social sustainability.

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Launch of the Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standards

On October 4th, 2011 business leaders from around the world will come together to see the new GHG Protocol standards unveiled for the first time.

These groundbreaking standards establish the first internationally agreed-upon approaches for measuring and reporting GHG emissions throughout product life cycles and corporate value chains.

International business leaders will participate in a discussion on how the standards can drive business value and efficiency within companies and across their value chain.

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Sector Guidance

The GHG Protocol is often approached by industry organizations and companies asking if we can partner with them to develop new GHG accounting guidance or tools, or whether we can endorse tools they have already developed. GHG Protocol has just released a draft policy for dealing with such requests. It outlines the development and review processes needed before tools can be co-branded with GHG Protocol and/or listed on our website.

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Development of GHG Protocol Online Development Course

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is looking for financial support to develop an online training course for both practitioners and trainers on the Corporate Standard. This will be a part of the Training and Capacity Building Initiative’s global, multi-year effort to scale-up the capacity of companies, governments and other organizations in developing countries to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions. The Protocol seeks to develop an effective on-line course based on the Corporate Standard training materials that are already available but with additional web-based learning features.

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Greenhouse Gas Management Institute Launch Professional Certification Program

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) have announced a groundbreaking global personnel certification program for “carbon management” professionals. The Environmental Professional Certification on Greenhouse Gases – EP (GHG) – is the world’s first and only professional greenhouse gas-related certification accredited to ISO 17024.

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Training: How to Establish a National Program for Companies to Report GHG Emissions

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative

Latin American and Caribbean Regional

Training: How to Establish a National Program for Companies to Report GHG Emissions

August 29 – September 2, 2011

Bogota, Colombia

The Sustainability Consortium members vote to adopt the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Standard

The Sustainability Consortium members, comprised of leading global retailers, manufacturers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, have voted to adopt the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Accounting and Reporting Standard (GHG Protocol Product Standard) that was developed through a global multi-stakeholder process by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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Major International Hotel Companies Demonstrate Leadership through New Initiative to Standardize the Industry’s Carbon Measures

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are collaborating on a groundbreaking initiative to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon impact by agreeing on a standardized methodology and metrics informed by the GHG Protocol standards. For the first time, leaders within the hotel industry are collaborating to reach a consensus on a single methodology for calculating carbon footprints and consistent metrics for communicating emissions.

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Chinese Companies Pilot-Test a New Energy-GHG Conversion Software

On July 8, 2011, through USAID’s Partnership for Climate Action (PCA), GHG Protocol held a training and pilot-testing workshop in the Guangdong Province of China on its new “Energy-GHG Conversion Tool”.

Fifteen participants from five companies representing the power, semiconductor, glass manufacturing, paper, and textile industries attended.

These companies are major energy users (usually consuming more than the equivalent of 10,000 tons of coal [29.27 GJ] each year) and report energy consumption into the provincial government’s energy reporting system. The new software calculates GHG emissions based on the energy reporting system template, and therefore provides these companies with the ability to account for most of their GHG emissions with little extra effort.

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Citywide Greenhouse Gas Accounting Initiative in China Launched

On May 5, 2011, USAID’s US-China Partnership for Climate Action program partners, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and the World Resource Institute (WRI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Municipality Government of Xiaolan to launch the Xiaolan Low Carbon Initiative. Xiaolan is a medium-sized town located in Guangdong Province, southern China, and is one of China’s major industrial regions.

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March updates

Tools

GHG Protocol has now partnered with AMEE – a leading provider of environmental data software solutions – to conduct the Quality Assurance testing of the cross-sector calculation tools. This testing will be performed whenever these tools have been updated with new methods or emission factors and it will help ensure the tools continue to function as a basic and reliable resource for emissions calculations.

Outreach and Capacity Building

GHG Protocol is working on designing two new training courses.

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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.

Interested experts are invited to participate in an online questionnaire to assist us in establishing the need and content of new guidance. The online questionnaire can be found at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WK2LCQN.

For further information or questions, please contact David Rich at drich@wri.org. We greatly appreciate your participation.

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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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Profiles

Benedict Buckley is a Research Analyst working on the GHG Protocol’s Product and Value Chain Initiative. Benedict was previously a Senior Research Analyst at Trucost Plc, an environmental research consultancy based in London. There he worked with private and public sector organizations to measure and understand the environmental impacts associated with supply chains and investment portfolios, for clients including Puma, Vestas, Rabobank and Hermes Asset Management. He specialized in environmental economics at Trucost and created valuation models to quantify the impacts of air pollution and waste.

Benedict holds a Masters degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, where he focused on Business and the Environment and wrote his thesis on quantifying the environmental benefits of investing in clean technology. He also holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Manchester. Other experience in the environmental field includes volunteering at Forum for the Future and working on a wildlife conservancy in Naivasha, Kenya. In a past life Benedict spent two years working in the television industry, first for a TV post-production company on Madison Avenue in New York and then in London as a Researcher on the Rough Guide to Travel TV series.

Jared Finnegan works on the GHG accounting component within WRI’s Measurement and Performance Tracking (MAPT) initiative. MAPT aims to build capacity in developing countries to create and enhance systems that track emissions and emission reductions associated with climate and energy policies.

Before joining WRI, Jared provided research support to the Post Carbon Institute in California on issues related to sustainable economic growth. His work contributed to the book The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality. He has also promoted sustainable development at United Nations Headquarters in New York through an internship with NGO Sustainability, and at the local level with the Economic Development Board of Sonoma County, California.

Jared holds a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where his dissertation focused on ethics and climate change.

Stacy Kotorac is a Project Coordinator/Research Assistant with the GHG Protocol team. Stacy focuses on the Product and Supply Chain Initiative, working on outreach and widespread adoption of the Product and Scope 3 Accounting and Reporting Standards. She also works on the international capacity building training programs, standards/tool development projects, and provides day-to-day support to the GHG Protocol team. Prior to joining the GHGP team, Stacy interned with the Vulnerability and Adaptation objective at WRI.

Stacy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology and International Affairs and a certificate in International Development from Georgetown University. During college, Stacy interned at the Environmental Protection Agency where she worked with the strategic climate partnership division. She also worked at Partners of the Americas on Youth Programming and their Farmer-to-Farmer exchange program.