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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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WRI's GHG Protocol Team in Discussion with Sun Microsystems to Partner in OpenEco.org Initiative

Sun Microsystems’ OpenEco is a global online-community that provides free tools to help participants measure, track, and compare energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) performance. In February 2008, WRI’s GHG Protocol Team met with Sun Microsystems to discuss potential partnership opportunities.

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Outreach Activities - Program Work

The Climate Registry

WRI continues to play an active role in the design and implementation of the Climate Registry. WRI is working with registry staff to analyze the extensive public comments received on the Climate Registry’s General Reporting Protocol and develop policy recommendations and new technical guidance in response to those comments. Through this effort, WRI is further developing and refining best practices in corporate GHG accounting and reporting and in GHG registry implementation..

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GHG Protocol Currently Seeking Funding for Major Tool Upgrade

Since the GHG Protocol first announced plans in February to upgrade the suite of 16 calculation tools available free of charge to the public, significant research has been conducted to determine how best to update the tools with the most recent information and how to make the format of the tools more user friendly.

The GHG Protocol Initiative has also consistently received feedback regarding the need for an improved, more user-friendly interface for the tools, such as integrated desktop software or web applications that combine all of the tools and eliminate the need for duplicate entry of

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The Climate Registry and Mexico GHG Program Recognized as 'Top Outcomes'

At the end of each fiscal year, WRI designates ten outcomes across projects and programs as the ‘Top Ten Outcomes’ for a particular year. This year, the GHG Protocol’s work with The Climate Registry and the Mexico GHG Program was recognized as two of these top outcomes. WRI defines an “outcome” as a change in the external world caused by an activity by WRI and its partners. It is something that someone is doing or has done differently as a result of the work WRI and its partners does as a realized objective.

To determine which of the 35 outcomes across WRI were the ten most substantial, three criteria were used to rank the outcomes in order of significance: alignment with WRI’s institutional goals, the significance of the outcome, and the causative role of WRI.

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GHG Protocol Seeks Input on New Standards

Recently, the GHG Protocol Initiative has received a significant number of inquiries which have led us to consider the need to develop a new suite of international standards or guidelines related to life cycle/supply chain emissions accounting for products and/or organizations.

We have developed a survey to help us assess the need for further standards/guidance. We hope to use the results from this survey to enable us to gain additional insight and feedback and make an appropriate decision on next steps.

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New Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Tools in Progress:

  • Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Tool: A draft of the Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution tool will be going out for review at the beginning of November. WRI has been working with the California Climate Action Registry to develop the tool. Please contact Florence Daviet at fdaviet@wri.org, if you are interested in reviewing the tool.
  • Iron and Steel Tool: WRI has a received comments back on the Iron and Steel discussion paper, and plans to develop a first draft of the tool for review in the next couple of months.
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WRI Hosts Workshop on Energy Savings and CO2 Reductions in the Chinese Cement Industry

As cement production is responsible for five percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, it is considered a key target for climate change mitigation. China alone accounts for 45 percent of global cement manufacture and consumption.

Recognizing the significance of the Chinese cement industry as a big-hitting, carbon and energy-intensive sector, WRI hosted a delegation from the China Building Materials Academy (CBMA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Portland Cement Association (PCA) to discuss international collaboration on energy savings and CO2 emissions reductions in the Chinese cement industry.

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China Program Gains Significant Momentum

Operating under the theme, “Energy Conservation is GHG Emissions Reduction” (jie neng shi jian pai), the WRI-WBCSD-CBCSD China Energy Conservation and GHG Management Program saw significant progress since its launch in June.

In September, the program partners held a cement sector working group meeting in Beijing to review feedback from Beijing Cement Company’s implementation of the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) tool. The tool was trialed in the company to develop its CO2 emissions inventory.

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GHG Management Institute Launched

WRI’s GHG Protocol Team is teaching “the new carbon math” – carbon accounting for GHG measurement and management – by developing e-learning curriculum based on GHG Protocol standards and tools. Under the ‘GHG Management Institute (www.ghginstitute.org),’ WRI will develop a series of online courses in partnership with Earth Council Geneva (ECG), the GHG Experts Network (GEN), and ClimateCheck. The institute aims to provide professional training on how to measure and manage GHG emissions.

“The Institute’s philosophy is ‘if you cannot accurately measure GHG emissions, you cannot manage them’,” Michael Gillenwater, the Dean of the Institute and the Director of the GHG Experts Network, said in a press release.

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