Agriculture Guidance

The first ever global guidance to measure GHG emissios for the agriculture sector

The GHG Protocol Agricultural Guidance is a supplement to GHG Protocol 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.

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Who Can Use the Agriculture 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 and Ethiopia

Both Brazil and Ethiopia stand out in terms of the importance of the GHG emissions from land use. Agriculture and land use change account for about 55 percent of Brazil’s GHG emissions. In Ethiopia, agriculture accounts for 85% of total employment and 40% of GDP, while land use overall accounts for more than 85% of GHG emissions.

To facilitate adoption of the Guidance in both countries, the GHG Protocol conducted the intensive review and road-testing of the Guidance in each country. It also developed a GHG emissions calculation tool specific to Brazil.

Corporate Standard
The GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard provides requirements and guidance for companies and other organizations, such as NGOs, government agencies, and universities, that are preparing a corporate-level GHG emissions inventory.

Supporting Documents

Agricultural Guidance for Ethiopia
Agricultural Guidance for Brazil - English
Agricultural Guidance for Brazil - Portuguese (Diretrizes Agropecuárias)

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