Issue 26

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

Welcome to the last newsletter of 2008. The members of the GHG Protocol team have been very busy throughout the last quarter, most notably with hosting two meetings to launch the new GHG Protocol Product and Supply Chain Initiative. The meetings, held in Washington D.C. and London, were both very successful in bringing key stakeholders together to discuss future direction and next steps involved in the two year process that will produce the two new GHG Protocol standards/guidelines. This quarter has also seen the launch of the GHG Protocol India Program Guide in Delhi by the Indian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Mr Shyam Saran, and the launch of WRI’s new Corporate Consultative Group in Washington. WRI and Sun Microsystems collaborated on a panel at this year’s Net Impact Conference, the Saturday morning event bringing in many interested MBA students to discuss the topic of energy efficiency in business operations. The GHG Protocol team also welcomes a new member of staff - Cynthia Cummis - who will be leading the new Product and Supply Chain Initiative at WRI.

As usual we welcome your feedback.

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.



Cynthia Cummis

Please join us in welcoming Cynthia Cummis to the GHG Protocol team and its global network of partners and programs. As some of you may know Cynthia is not new to the GHG Protocol Initiative having been closely involved in the development of the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard as a US EPA representative on the Editorial Committee for the first version and a member of the Revision Working Group for the revised edition. Cynthia joins WRI as Senior Associate and project manager of the Product and Supply Chain Initiative. Cynthia comes from Clear Carbon Consulting where she was Director of Carbon Management, managing carbon quantification and GHG management projects for multiple Fortune 500 clients. She brings more than 12 years of experience working on the issue of global climate change. Cynthia was the founding Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Leaders program, where for more than 5 years she led the design and implementation of the program and oversaw its’ growth to more than 90 corporate partners. She is currently also a faculty member of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute instructing a course on the basics of GHG accounting.