The agricultural sector is responsible for over 10% of global man-made GHG emissions, while it is also a major driver of indirect emissions through the conversion of forests and other natural systems to farmland. Yet agricultural emissions are rarely included in corporate GHG emission inventories, often because of confusion surrounding appropriate accounting and reporting practices.
There are many challenges to developing inventories in the sector. These include the existence of reversible carbon stocks and the fact that environmental factors can affect emissions as much as farm management practices do.
The GHG Protocol has embarked on the development of new sector-specific guidance - the ‘Agricultural Guidance’. The Agricultural Guidance will provide clarity on how the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard should be used by agribusiness, while addressing the accounting challenges unique to the sector.
- Establish rigorous, consensus-based and internationally-relevant methods for developing corporate inventories
- Help support and catalyze the use of corporate GHG inventories as the basis for measuring and managing agricultural emissions
- Agricultural producers and food processing and food product companies.
- GHG reporting programs.
- Governmental and non-governmental initiatives seeking to develop tools or metrics for assessing the climate impact of farms.
Current status of project
WRI is conducting a series of workshops internationally to obtain feedback on the first draft of the Protocol. Further information on these workshops, including agenda, presentations and summaries of participant feedback, can be accessed from the table below. In addition, WRI welcomes any independent feedback on the draft and has provided a questionnaire below for your convenience. Once WRI has conducted all of the review workshops and any corresponding research, we will develop a second draft. We currently anticipate releasing the final draft of the Agricultural Guidance in March 2014.
Special initiative in Brazil
Brazil stands out in terms of the importance of GHG emissions from land use. Approximately 80% of Brazil’s GHG emissions result from agriculture and land use change in the Amazon and cerrado biomes. Over the past four years, WRI has worked closely with local partners to establish the Brazil GHG Protocol Program. As recently announced, the GHG Protocol is now building on its experience in Brazil by adapting the international Agricultural Guidance to the specific needs and challenges faced by Brazilian agriculture. Over the next two years, WRI will develop the customized guidance and an accompanying set of emission factors. These resources will cover the specific management practices advocated in Brazil’s ABC Program and therefore help companies contribute to the national GHG emissions reduction targets for agriculture defined in Brazil’s National Plan on Climate Change. WRI will also work with select agro-industry firms to create emissions inventories using the tools and then design company-specific GHG mitigation strategies. Once validated in the field, we hope to integrate the tools into various national and state-level reporting programs and registries in Brazil. For more information about our work in Brazil, please use the contact details below.
|Draft - Agriculture Guidance||Oct 12|
|Working Paper||Feb 11|
|Project Overview||Jan 12|
|April 4, 2012 Stakeholder Workshop - Washington, D.C.|
|Workshop Agenda||April 2012|
|Presentation: Introduction to the GHG Protocol||April 2012|
|Presentation: Overview of GHG Protocol’s Work on Agricultural Emissions||April 2012|
|Presentation: Boundaries and Base Years||April 2012|
|Presentation: Accounting for Carbon Stocks||April 2012|
|Presentation: Overview of the Scope 3 Standard||April 2012|
|September 25, 2012 Stakeholder Workshop – Sao Paulo|
|Workshop Summary||September 2012|
|Workshop Agenda||September 2012|
|Overview of the GHG Protocol||September 2012|
|Overview of the Project||September 2012|
|Carbon Stocks||September 2012|
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