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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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Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Updated Tools:

  • Indirect CO2 emissions from the consumption of purchased electricity, heat, and/or steam - updated with new IEA 2004 data
  • Indirect CO2 Emissions from Purchased Electricity - updated with new IEA 2004 data
  • Stationary combustion - updated with new CO2 2006 IPCC emissions factors. CH4 and N20 factors to be adjusted when finalized by the IPCC. Further updates to reflect IPCC guidance to come.

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Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Tool

A draft discussion paper of the tool was completed and reviewed internally in December.

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New Calculation Tools - Progress Report

Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Tool

WRI and the California Climate Action Registry are working together to complete a Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Tool, which will cover the specific emissions from this sector. This tool is the result of both industry association and direct industry interest, and has been bolstered by government support as well. A discussion paper will be presented to stakeholders for discussion in January.

Banking Sector Tool

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Outreach Activities - Program Work

Multi-state Registry

WRI is providing technical support to the Multi-State Registry (MSR) Technical Working Group.

It is comprised of representatives from the California Climate Action Registry, the Eastern Climate Registry Working Group, the Midwest Registry Working Group, and Western states working through the Western Regional Air Partnership.

On Oct. 12-13, the MSR Technical Working Group convened at WRI’s offices in Washington, D.C. to discuss various issues regarding the framework proposal, which include voluntary reporting, mandatory reporting, and verification proposals.

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Program Officially Transitions from Pilot Phase to Headquarters at SEMARNAT

The Mexico GHG Program officially transitioned from a pilot project to a permanent program on October 2, marking a significant milestone for the program partners and 30 participating businesses. The transition was ushered in through a signing of a permanent-status Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which replaced the pilot-phase MOU that was set to expire in November.

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WRI Team Travels to Nairobi to Launch LULUCF Guide to Project Accounting

On Nov. 7, Florence Daviet and Suzie Greenhalgh of WRI will travel to Nairobi, Kenya to present the “Land use, Land-use change and Forestry Guidance for GHG Project Accounting” (LULUCF) at the Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP-12).

In Nairobi, Daviet and Greenhalgh will present the publication along with three panelists, two who reviewed the document and participated in its development.

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Revised Aluminum Tool Now Available

The International Aluminum Institute (IAI), in association with WBCSD and WRI, announced on Oct. 23 an updated set of tools for calculating GHG emissions from primary aluminum production.

“The revised Aluminum Sector Greenhouse Gas Protocol will help to improve still further on the reliability and consistency of the calculation and reporting of greenhouse gases globally throughout the aluminum sector,” said Robert Chase, the Secretary General of IAI in a press release.

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New Documents - Publication Developments


The project typology will provide project developers with project-specific information on a range of accounting issues (e.g., possible baseline candidates, secondary effects, important data sources, monitoring techniques).

The first five chapters of this tool have been reviewed by the GHG Protocol team.

Angela Zahniser, who is on rotation at WRI through the Presidential Management Fellow Program, will help work on the sixth chapter, which pertains to carbon sequestration projects.

Next steps on this project include an extensive external review and additional collection

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