Project Protocol

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The Project Protocol is the most comprehensive, policy-neutral accounting tool for quantifying the greenhouse gas benefits of climate change mitigation projects. It is the culmination of a unique four-year dialogue among business, environmental, and government experts led by WRI and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The Project Protocol provides the cornerstone for efforts led by WRI and others to develop globally compatible standards for a robust and thriving greenhouse gas market. The Project Protocol is the culmination of an extensive four-year dialogue and consultation process with businesses, NGOs, governments, academics, and others. During its development, more than 20 developers of GHG projects from 10 countries “road-tested” a prototype version, and more than 100 experts reviewed it. As with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, the Project Protocol’s strength lies in this collaborative process that was used to clarify and resolve challenging issues. The Project Protocol is also available in [Japanese](/files/ghgp/project-japanese.pdf).

Additional Sector-Specific Guidelines

Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

The Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry (LULUCF) Guidance for GHG Project Accounting (LULUCF Guidance) was developed by the World Resources Institute to supplement the Protocol for Project Accounting (Project Protocol). This document provides more specific guidance and uses more appropriate terminology and concepts to quantify and report GHG reductions from LULUCF project activities.It was launched at the Conference of Parties-12 (COP-12) in Nairobi, Kenya on November 7, 2006.

Grid-connected electricity projects

The Guidelines for Grid-Connected Electricity Projects provides detailed guidance on how to account for greenhouse gas emission reductions created by projects that displace or avoid power generation on electricity grids. The guidelines are designed primarily for two target audiences: project developers seeking to quantify GHG reductions outside of a particular GHG offset program or regulatory system; and designers of initiatives, systems, and programs that incorporate grid-connected GHG projects. This document is also available in Japanese.