Issue 23

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

The GHG Protocol’s website and newsletter have taken on a completely new look! We’ve upgraded our website and enhanced its appearance and functionality to improve your experience. We hope you keep reading about all of the exciting updates the GHG Protocol teams have achieved over the last quarter. As always, we welcome any feedback you may have.

Best regards,

The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

Top Stories

Public Comment Begins for the GPC draft 2.0

After a successful nine-month pilot test from May 2013 to January 2014, the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) has been revised and is now available for public comment until August 18th. The authors particularly welcome review by city officials, practitioners, and technical experts in the fields of energy, transportation, waste management, agriculture and forestry.

Scope 2 Guidance Public Comment Period

May 5, 2014 - April 25, 2014


Since the Corporate Standard publication in 2004, both companies and energy suppliers have sought ways to use contractual instruments such as power purchase agreements, renewable energy certificates, Guarantees of Origin, and utility green power programs to support claims about the low-carbon attributes of purchased energy. In addition, companies have increasingly taken a holistic view towards their energy demand management and procurement. Both trends have emphasized the need for a more complete and nuanced reporting framework for scope 2.

Looking Back on 15 Years of Greenhouse Gas Accounting

By Stephen Russell

Most people are familiar with the old adage “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Over the past 15 years, we at WRI have certainly seen the truth in that statement.

New CDP Report in the News

A report released by CDP in December 2013 on the use of internal carbon pricing by companies as an incentive and strategic planning tool garnered widespread attention in the media.

Financial Sector Guidance Technical Working Group Participation

UNEP FI and GHG Protocol invite interested stakeholders to participate in a technical working group for the development of a financial sector GHG accounting guidance and carbon asset risk guidance. Please see the Terms of Reference for details about the Technical Working Group process and a link to Survey Monkey where you can express your interest in participation.

Members and organizations willing to participate in the process will benefit by:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Guidance Will Help Financial Institutions Measure Emissions from Lending and Investment Portfolios

GENEVA, WASHINGTON (October 29, 2013) – Many financial institutionsmeasure and report their own greenhouse gas emissions, but the real impact is in their value chains. In 2013, only six percent of financial companies in the FTSE Global 500 reported any emissions associated with lending and investment portfolios to CDP.

RELEASE: Launch of the First Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool for Chinese Cities


Wee Kean Fong, Project Manager, GHG Protocol City Project
Xiaoqian Jiang, Research Analyst, GHG Protocol City Project,

Scope 2 Accounting

The Scope 2 Accounting Guidance is entering its final stage of development. The document will clarify how to account for and report GHG emissions from electricity purchase and use. It will also address the role of utility emission factors, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and tracking instruments such as renewable energy certificates (RECs) and Guarantees of Origin (GOs). A final public comment period for the Guidance will begin in September 2013 with final publication scheduled for January 2014.



David Rich

David Rich joined the GHG Protocol team in September as a Research Analyst. His focus is on the development of greenhouse gas emissions registries, including greenhouse gas accounting and reporting standards and emissions quantification methodologies.

His prior experience includes providing technical support during the development of the Climate Registry and developing state and regional greenhouse gas emissions inventories. He holds a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Stephen Russell

Stephen Russell has been working with the GHG Protocol team since July and recently joined the team as a Research Analyst. His focus is on redeveloping the GHG Protocol calculation tools to ensure that their content remains state-of-the-art and their functionality meets the reporting needs of businesses. His expertise includes statistical modeling and software programming.

Prior to joining WRI, Stephen conducted environmental research as a Post-doctoral Fellow with the Max-Planck Research Society in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. and B.S. in Environmental Biology from the Universities of St. Andrews and York (U.K.), respectively. He has published multiple papers in international, peer-reviewed journals.