Issue 25

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

With the summer well underway, the GHG Protocol is busy with many projects and workshops taking place. Tsinghua University and WRI hosted the first stakeholder workshop in China this month for the new Product and Supply Chain Standard. The WRI and WBCSD are now in the process of convening a global stakeholder process to develop these standards. The Brazil and India GHG Protocol Programs were both successfully launched in May, joining Mexico and the Philippines in developing national GHG emissions programs. We have updated many of our calculation tools with the most recent emission factors and calculation methodologies, but the widely used mobile combustion tool is still in critical need of funding. The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department worked with WRI’s GHG Protocol team to adapt The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (2004) for its building sector. 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

Background

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact
Wee Kean Fong, Project Manager, GHG Protocol City Project wfong@wri.org
Xiaoqian Jiang, Research Analyst, GHG Protocol City Project, xqjiang@wri.org

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.

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Profiles

Andrea Brown - WBCSD

Andrea Brown joined the Energy and Climate Team of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in June 2008, where she works on the GHG Protocol and Adaptation work streams. Prior to joining the WBCSD, she managed intergovernmental relations and trade policy issues for the Department of Energy in the Government of Alberta, Canada. She holds a Masters of Asia Pacific Policy Studies focused on security issues, from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Alberta. She has previous experience working for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), as well as in international NGOs in Thailand and Vietnam.

Laura Pocknell

Laura is the Communications Coordinator for WRI’s GHG Protocol team. Laura manages the development of the GHG Protocol’s communications strategy, including the GHG Protocol website and quarterly newsletter as well as media outreach. She also serves as project coordinator for the GHG Protocol, managing the project budget, reports and facilitating day-to-day operation. Prior to coming to WRI, Laura worked in Marketing and Brand Management for Avis Rent-a-Car in London. She holds a B.S. in International Management from the University of Manchester and spent a year at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Anthony D’Agostino

Anthony is currently working with WRI’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol to support the development of new GHG accounting standards at the product and supply chain levels. In May, he completed a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore) with a specialization in Social and Environmental Policy. His thesis topic dealt with integrating life cycle assessment (LCA) at a streamlined level for use by SMEs and has done research work in STELLA modeling, demand-side management, and environmental economics.

Anthony spent last summer working with UNEP’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, focusing on a sustainable buildings partnership with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. Prior to his graduate studies, he was a mental health social worker for 1.5 years with Easter Seals New Jersey before traveling through India, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and South America working for rural development organizations and volunteering on organic farms. He holds an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in philosophy and physics.