Issue 32

Newsletter 32
September 2011

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol,

Welcome to the September 2011 edition of the GHG Protocol newsletter. This quarter’s edition announces the adoption of the new GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard by The Sustainability Consortium. This decision marks an important step in creating global consistency for product level sustainability measurement standards.

Working through USAID’s Partnership for Climate Action (PCA) project in China, we took an important step in assisting Chinese cities to measure & manage their GHG impacts by establishing a Memorandum of Understanding between WRI, Institute for Sustainable Communities, and the Municipality Government of Xiaolan. The goal of this partnership is to pilot a City accounting framework based on the GHG Protocol and to support the launch of the Xiaolan Low Carbon Initiative. Xiaolan is a medium-sized town located in Guangdong Province, southern China, and is one of China’s major industrial regions.

In July, again through PCA, GHG Protocol held a training and pilot-testing workshop in the Guangdong Province of China on its new “Energy-GHG Conversion Tool”. Fifteen participants from five companies representing the power, semiconductor, glass manufacturing, paper, and textile industries attended. Participating companies are expected to use the tool to calculate their yearly GHG emissions from energy use and submit the pilot-test results to the Guangdong Energy Conservation Center (GDECC).

Finally, the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have announced they are collaborating on an initiative to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon impact by agreeing on a standardised methodology and metrics informed by the GHG Protocol standards. For the first time, leaders within the hotel industry are collaborating to reach a consensus on a single methodology for calculating carbon footprints and consistent metrics for communicating emissions.

As usual we welcome your feedback on all areas of our work.

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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