Issue 29

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

Welcome to the September issue of the GHG Protocol newsletter. It has been a busy few months over the Spring and Summer period. The development of the Product Life Cycle and Scope 3 Accounting and Reporting Standards progresses further as more than 60 companies completed extensive road testing of the new standards. The team has been busy with workshops over the past few months. The first International Workshop of GHG Protocol-based Programs was held at WRI offices in Washington, DC over the Spring with fifty experts from Greenhouse Gas inventory programs convening to participate in a two-day discussion. Participants shared experiences, discussed opportunities, and generated recommendations for future development. Road testers of the new Product and Scope 3 standards gathered in Washington, DC in May to participate in a three day workshop - one and a half days were assigned to each standard. The workshops, designed to gauge company opinion regarding the practicality and usability of the draft standards, provided an interactive forum where 50 companies came together to share experiences, swap ideas and generate feedback. GHG Protocol also filled a rather unique role recently: VIP guest at a high-profile New York restaurant opening. Otarian, now open in New York City’s West Village, is a new boutique fast-casual restaurant chain based on the principles of sustainability and vegetarianism. Otarian is one of the organizations that road tested GHG Protocol’s Product Life Cycle Standard.

Finally, GHG Protocol welcomes three new members to the team. Wee Kean Fong, Xiaoyu Shi and Shu Yang will all be working out of WRI’s Beijing office and supporting GHG Protocol’s ongoing work in China.

As usual we look forward to your feedback.

Best regards,

The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

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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

Wee Kean Fong

Wee Kean Fong is an Associate with the GHG Protocol team and works out of the WRI China Office. He leads WRI China’s works in city-level GHG program and low carbon city planning. Fong has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Technology Malaysia, and a Master of Engineering and Doctor of Engineering from the Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan. He has extensive experience in urban and regional planning, environmental management, and research on the estimation and projection of city-level energy consumptions and GHG emissions with particular focus on low-carbon city planning. Before joining WRI, Fong was affiliated with a Tokyo-based international consulting firm, where he involved in a number of Japanese ODA projects and gained international project experience in several Asian countries. Prior to that, he worked for an environmental consultant firm in Malaysia, where he built his strong technical background in environmental management and urban and regional planning.

Xiaoyu Shi

Xiaoyu Shi, a national of China, is an Associate within WRI’s Climate and Energy Program. Currently, Xiaoyu manages and coordinates two China projects on power sector GHG accounting and industrial energy efficiency financing. Xiaoyu has more than six years of experience working on clean energy and climate change. Prior to joining WRI, Xiaoyu worked on lending and advisory & technical assistance projects at various capacities at the World Bank in Washington DC for five years. Xiaoyu earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also has a Master’s degree in Human Geography from Beijing (Peking) University, Beijing, China. Xiaoyu earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economic Geography & City Planning from Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China. In her spare time, Xiaoyu enjoys playing badminton. She also likes many other outdoor activities, such as skating, skiing, tennis and hiking.

Shu Yang

Shu Yang joins WRI’s GHG Protocol team as a Research Assistant for the GHG Protocol work in China. She works out of the WRI office in Beijing. Shu holds a Masters degree in Global Policy Studies from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She obtained her bachelor degree in Public Affairs Management from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.