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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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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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Energy Savings and GHG Management Addressed

The China Business Council for Sustainable Development, in conjunction with WBCSD and WRI, hosted an informational workshop, “Corporate Energy Conservation and GHG Management,” on June 1 in Beijing at the Kempinski Hotel.

Approximately 100 representatives from CBCSD’s member companies, government agencies, and NGOs attended the workshop.

Keynote speakers included NDRC representatives He Bing Guang, Vice General Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Li Liyan, Division Director of the China Climate Change Coordination Office; Yu Cong, Director of the Energy Research Institute; Yang Chao Fei, Director General of the Department of Policy and Law at the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA); and WRI President Jonathan Lash.

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Mexico Bases Climate Change Strategy on GHG Program

The Mexican government has adopted a new national climate change strategy that identifies the GHG Protocol-based Mexico GHG Program as the basis of a step-by-step approach to climate change mitigation. The strategy begins with voluntary GHG accounting and reporting, progresses to energy sector GHG caps, and culminates in a national cap-and-trade scheme linked to international GHG markets.

According to Secretary of Environment Juan Rafael Elvira in the Chicago Tribune, the Mexican government aims to “promote this new political approach that Mexico has to combat climate change and – why not – be an example as a nation, an approach that many other countries can follow.”

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WRI-Facilitated U.S. Registry Launched

For some time now, U.S. states have been well ahead of the federal government in taking action on climate change. In April came the latest big development: 34 U.S. states, two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Manitoba), and the Campo Kumeyaay Nation joined together to form the Climate Registry.

The 34 U.S. states together represent over 70 percent of the U.S. population, and they represent impressive diversity, geographically, economically, and politically.

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GHG Protocol to Publish Two New Documents

Electricity Guidance, Tool Manual to be Released

The GHG Protocol Initiative will release two publications at the beginning of July, “Guidelines for Quantifying GHG Reductions from Grid-Connected Electricity Projects” and “Designing a Customized Greenhouse Gas Calculation Tool.”

“Designing a Customized Greenhouse Gas Calculation Tool” is a guidebook on how to adapt existing GHG calculation tools to use for a specific GHG program or to more closely reflect national or regional circumstances.

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Cardoso Delivers Keynote at Inaugural GHG Forum in Brazil

“Climate change is no longer their problem. It’s now our problem,” said Fernando Henrique Cardoso, referring to climate change as a global issue that has surpassed the domain of industrialized countries.

Cardoso, a WRI board member and the President of Brazil from 1995 to 2003, casually addressed a crowd of close to 200 at the first forum on the GHG Protocol and greenhouse gas (GHG) management in Brazil on April 23, opting to speak while seated rather than from behind the podium used by the other speakers.

Cardoso’s participation drew the largest crowd of stakeholders – ranging from some of the most GHG-intensive industries to the largest banks and government agencies – to any similar event in the GHG Protocol’s developing country initiatives.

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Outreach Activities - Program Work

Mexico GHG Program

The Mexico GHG Program, through DNV, is developing a verification handbook, which is pursuing the establishment of verification guidelines to promote the development of high-quality GHG inventories. This document is under revision by the Program Partners.

An information session on the Mexico GHG Program was held in May 2007 at the Mining Industrial Chamber (Cámara Minera de México) to invite mining companies to join the program.

Philippine GHG Program

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GHG Protocol Website to be Redesigned

Update your bookmarks - the GHG Protocol Initiative’s website will be undergoing a massive facelift this summer. Content reorganization and aesthetic changes are just some of the improvements that the new site will feature.

“Due to the changing nature of the GHG Protocol Initiative’s work from purely the development of guidance documents and calculation tools to more implementation and outreach-focused activities, the current website needs major changes in terms of content reorganization and design,” according to Angel Hsu, a research assistant on the GHG Protocol Initiative Team at WRI.

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New Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Updated Tools * The Mexico Pulp and Paper Tool is now available for download under ‘Developing Countries: Customized Tools’ on www.ghgprotocol.org. Guidance documents are available in both English and Spanish. * The Aluminum Tool has been revised to incorporate changes and comments from EPA Climate Leaders.

Iron and Steel Tool

WRI is working with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to complete the discussion paper for the next version of the Iron and Steel tool.

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