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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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Designing a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Registry

In late February, WRI is publishing a policy brief called “Designing a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Registry.” Unlike previous publications such as Measuring to Manage: A Guide to Designing Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Programs, this policy brief focuses on the design of mandatory greenhouse gas registries for use in regulatory, rather than voluntary, contexts.

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Program Based on U.S. EPA's Climate Leaders to be Launched in India

Since its creation in 2002, the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders Program has assisted more than 150 companies to develop and implement long-term climate change strategies. This includes developing a GHG inventory, an inventory management plan, and a GHG reduction target. To replicate this successful model in India, WRI, U.S. EPA and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Green Business Center (GBC) are partnering together to replicate the Climate Leaders program there. Following the Annual Meeting of the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders Program in Boulder, Colorado on Dec.

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Taking Corporate GHG Accounting to Scale: Bali Side Event Introduces New Tools for GHG Management

The GHG Protocol announced three new developments to promote the scale-up of GHG accounting and reporting at a COP-13 side event on December 7 in Bali, Indonesia.

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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.

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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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