Issue 28

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

Welcome to the first newsletter of the new fiscal year. As we near the end of 2009, the GHG Protocol team has been busy developing a number of new standards and protocols. The new standards for product life cycle and scope 3 accounting and reporting have progressed significantly this quarter. First drafts have been completed and were discussed at the two-day Steering Committee meeting earlier this month. The first Stakeholder Advisory Group webinars were conducted for Asia and Europe/North America to bring the group up to date on the standards development process and discuss important next steps which include five stakeholder workshops that will be held at the end of this year in Europe, Asia, and North America. The new Public Sector standard is also well underway with a provisional draft being released earlier in the month and a comment period that is ongoing and set to end at the beginning of November.

The GHG Protocol’s developing country work continues to grow as twenty-seven of Brazil’s largest companies have, this month, inventoried their greenhouse gas emissions and publicly reported the data for the first time through the Brazil GHG Protocol Program. This quarter has also seen the release of a new WRI issue brief - ‘Accounting for Risk’ - which makes a strong case for why financial institutions should both measure and report the GHG emissions in their investment portfolios.

Finally, the GHG Protocol welcomes Laura Draucker to the team. Laura will be working as a Life Cycle Assessment Associate on the development of the new Product and Scope 3 standards.

As usual we look forward to your feedback.

Best regards,

The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

Top Stories

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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RELEASE: Launch of First Global Standard to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cities

Launch of First Global Standard to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cities

WRI, C40 and ICLEI Establish First Common Standard to Measure and Report City Emissions

LIMA, PERU (December 8, 2014) — Today the World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) launched the first widely endorsed standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a COP20 event featuring mayors and officials from cities around the world. The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) uses a robust and clear framework to establish credible emissions accounting and reporting practices, thereby helping cities develop an emissions baseline, set mitigation goals, create more targeted climate action plans and track progress over time. By using the GPC, cities will also strengthen vertical integration of data reporting to other levels of government, and should gain improved access to local and international climate financing.

RELEASE: Launch of Two New Greenhouse Gas Standards to Improve Climate Policies, Design and Track Progress towards Mitigation Goals

WASHINGTON, DC (November 18, 2014)For the first time, governments now have consistent, reliable methods to account for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from their climate policies and goals.

Today, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) launched two new standards to help governments design better policies and emissions reductions goals, and measure progress against them. Developed by World Resources Institute (WRI), the Mitigation Goal Standard and Policy and Action Standard will enable policymakers and analysts to set robust mitigation goals, improve policies, and track progress to meet climate goals.

Staying on Track: A New Tool for Designing and Meeting Emissions-Reduction Goals

by Kelly Levin, David Rich and Pankaj Bhatia - November 18, 2014

China just announced a mitigation goal to peak its emissions by 2030 or earlier, while the United States committed to reduce its national emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. South Africa has pledged to reduce its emissions 34 percent below business-as-usual emissions by 2020. Costa Rica has a carbon neutrality goal to be achieved by 2021. New York City aims to reduce its emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. And countless other cities and countries have set similar emissions-reduction targets.

How to Calculate Policies’ Effects on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by David Rich, Kelly Levin and Pankaj Bhatia - November 18, 2014

Tunisia launched its renewable energy program, PROSOL ELEC, in 2010 to scale up solar photovoltaic systems in buildings throughout the country. The National Agency for Energy Conversation (ANME) anticipated that the greater use of solar power would help curb climate change, but experts didn’t quantify just how much the program would reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

RELEASE: First Ever Agriculture Guidance Empowers Companies to Measure and Manage Emissions

PRESS RELEASE - May 29, 2014

17 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions result from agriculture

SÃO PAOLO//WASHINGTON (May 29, 2014) – The World Resources Institute unveiled the first ever Agricultural Guidance to help companies measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector, including farming, livestock, and land use change. The agriculture sector is responsible for 17 percent of global GHG emissions, including land use change. However, 75 percent of agricultural producers targeted by CDP do not report their emissions.

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.

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Updates

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.

Featured Content

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Profiles

Laura Draucker

Laura joins the GHG Protocol team as a Life Cycle Assessment Associate working on the Product and Supply Chain Initiative. Prior to joining WRI, Laura performed life cycle inventory and cost assessments for the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on electricity generation and liquid fuel production technologies. With NETL, Laura drafted a guideline document for performing consistent energy-based life cycle assessments and was involved in developing a framework document for consistent GHG accounting of alternative aviation fuels. Laura also completed a post doc with the EPA Office of Research and Development, where she performed MARKAL energy systems scenario modeling of the impacts of carbon legislation, efficiency measures, and technological advances on regional U.S. energy use and emissions. She has experience calculating the life cycle energy use and emissions associated with utility, industrial, and bio-energy processes. Laura holds Doctoral and Bachelors degrees in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Villanova University, respectively.