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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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Public Comment for Guidance for Product Category Rule Development

The Guidance for Product Category Rule Development has been released for public comment. This document was developed in response to a widely recognized need for guidance on product category rule development. It will supplement existing standards for LCA-based claims that require the development of product category rules (PCRs), product rules or their equivalents. The aim is for PCRs to be developed in a consistent manner and used to support claims based on multiple standards.

Scope 3 Online Course Development


Online courses for the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard and the Product Lifecycle Standard have been developed and are available at www.ghgprotocol.org/e-learning.

WRI Joins The Sustainability Consortium

ARIZONA, USA, – January 31th, 2013 – The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is pleased to announce the World Resources Institute (WRI) as a new civil society organization member.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sector Guidance for Product Life Cycle Accounting

The United Kingdom National Health Service’s guidance document for pharmaceutical products and medical devices has been finalized. This document was developed following the methodology of the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard and has received the GHG Protocol Built on Mark. More information is available here.

Team Updates

Mark Didden joined WBCSD in October to take the lead in the GHG Protocol Working Group. Mark previously worked for five year at Philips in the Netherlands as a business analyst in their Corporate Sustainability Office – the department responsible for Philips global sustainability strategy. He has worked across a wide range of sustainability topics, including the implementation and management of Philips’ carbon footprint reporting process. Mark holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science.

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User Survey Highlights Most Valued Tools and Resources

Earlier this summer, GHG Protocol conducted a survey to collect input from all of our users regarding our tools and resources. With increasing opportunities and challenges in providing a broader range of GHG-inventory services, it is important to know what our users value most and how to prioritize improvements of these resources. The survey included questions about our downloadable Excel-based calculation tools, the availability of emission factors and guidance documents, and training and verification resources.

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Event Recap: Brazil Agriculture Inaugural Workshop

Agriculture and agriculture-linked land use change contribute almost 80% to Brazil’s national emissions. On September 25 in Sao Paulo, GHG Protocol held an inaugural workshop to engage key stakeholders in developing a set of new tools specific to Brazilian agriculture – a corporate GHG accounting standard and emission factors. The event featured a keynote address by Eduardo Assad, a director at Embrapa and formerly the Brazilian secretary for climate change.

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Event Recap: WBCSD Council meeting

Last week the annual WBCSD council meeting took place in Seoul, South Korea. This meeting included a constructive session for the Greenhouse Gas Management Working Group. Three strategic priorities for the coming years were agreed upon: 1) Business leading in carbon management, 2) Promoting harmonization in reporting programs, and 3) WRI partnership and collaboration. The first strategic priority will focus on engagement with investors and on CFO and investor relations, as well as on sharing GHG management best practices.

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Upcoming Opportunities to Provide Input on Mitigation Accounting Standards

WRI is continuing to develop two new standards for mitigation accounting through a global, multi-stakeholder process: the GHG Protocol Policies and Actions Standard and the GHG Protocol Mitigation Goals Standard. The new standards will help countries and sub-national jurisdictions measure GHG reductions achieved through policies and actions and track progress toward national and sub-national GHG reduction goals.

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