GHG Protocol Agriculture Guidance


The World Resources Institute has released the GHG Protocol Agricultural Guidance, the first ever global guidance to measure GHG emissions for the agriculture sector. The guidance is a supplement to GHG Protocol’s Corporate Standard and covers all agricultural subsectors, including livestock, crop production, and land use change. Agriculture and agriculture-driven land use change contribute around 17% of global emissions, while 75% of agricultural producers targeted by CDP do not report their emissions. The GHG Protocol Agricultural Guidance is intended to promote sector-wide adoption of emissions management practices by harmonizing how agricultural companies worldwide measure and report their emissions.

Who Can Use the Guidance?

  • Companies that own or control agricultural operations.
  • GHG reporting programs.
  • Governmental and non-governmental initiatives seeking to develop tools or metrics for assessing the GHG emissions from agriculture.

Special Initiatives in Brazil

Brazil stands out in terms of the importance of the GHG emissions from land use. About 35 percent and 20 percent of Brazil’s GHG emissions result from agriculture and land use, respectively. To facilitate adoption of the Guidance in Brazil, GHG Protocol conducted the intensive review and road-testing of the Guidance in Brazil, and also developed an accompanying GHG emissions calculation tool. For more information about our work in Brazil, please go here:


Document Name Date
Agricultural Guidance May 2014
Ethiopia Guidance Documents: Feb 2016
Agricultural Protocol for Ethiopia (Word)
Annex (Word)
GHG Assessment Guideline Volume I Soil (PDF)
GHG Assessment Guideline Volume II Aboveground Biomass (PDF)
GHG Assessment Guideline Volume III Livestock V2 (PDF)


For specific questions or comments, please contact Stephen Russell.