Issue 36: Winter 2013

Dear Friends and Partners of the GHG Protocol,

Welcome to the Winter 2013 edition of the GHG Protocol newsletter. This issue highlights the new GHG Protocol Built on Mark, an exciting development that will enable increased collaboration with our stakeholders.

We are also excited to announce new opportunities to participate in the development of the Mitigation and City Accounting Standards. In addition, there are new opportunities to provide feedback on the ICT Sector Guidance and the scoping of a new line of work on implementation of the Scope 3 Standard.

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

Best regards,

The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

Top Story

GHG Protocol Launches the Built on GHG Protocol Mark

GHG Protocol has recently developed a “Built on GHG Protocol” mark, or logo, and has finalized the process through which sector guidance, product rules, and calculation tools can obtain it. This is a significant development as it is the first formalized way for calculation tools and other documents to demonstrate conformance with GHG Protocol Standards. A major benefit of the mark is that it enables a greater scale-up of GHG accounting resources consistent with our standards. While the GHG Protocol creates standards and tools that are applicable to any organization, company, or sector, additional guidance and tools are often developed to increase usability and provide more specificity. By working with GHG Protocol through the development of these documents and tools it will be possible to ensure they follow the requirements and key guidance within our standards.

Three guidance documents have received the GHG Protocol Built on Mark to date, and we are currently working with other organizations to review their tools and guidance for use of the Mark. This is a very exciting development for GHG Protocol and we are looking forward to using this new opportunity to collaborate with more stakeholders in the future.

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Cities Invited to Pilot Test the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Last May, the World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) jointly launched the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) (Pilot Version 1.0) that helps cities consistently track and report their GHG emissions. The GPC represents the first harmonized framework to support city performance tracking and low-carbon development. To test the practicality and relevance of the framework and develop case studies of best practices, cities from around the world are invited to pilot test the draft GPC. We are seeking cities that have already conducted inventories and can compare their experiences to our methods; or cities that have the capacity to undertake an inventory process this year. The pilot phase will begin in March 2013 and last until September 2013. Feedback from the pilot test will be integrated into the final draft, due early 2014.
The deadline for application is March 15, 2013.

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Survey on Scope 3 Implementation

As part of WRI’s efforts to promote implementation of the GHG Protocol Scope 3 Standard and spur innovation in value chain management, WRI requests your input through a survey on how collaboration with other companies would enable you to reduce value chain GHG emissions, respond to new challenges, and demonstrate value chain leadership. The input we receive will inform potential WRI initiatives with companies to reduce Scope 3 emissions.

WRI will share a summary of the results of this survey, along with a list of organizations that participated. Your organization will only be listed as a survey participant if you give your consent in question 1. Survey responses will not be associated with individual names or organizations. The deadline for participation is March 4, 2013.

The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete and is available here:

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WRI Seeking Pilot Testers for GHG Protocol Mitigation Accounting Standards

WRI is currently seeking organizations to pilot test the draft GHG Protocol Policies and Actions Standard (for a sectoral policy or mitigation action) or the draft GHG Protocol Mitigation Goals Standard (for a national, subnational, or sectoral mitigation goal). Pilot testing organizations will evaluate the GHG reductions from a policy or goal following the draft standard, produce a case study for inclusion in the final standard or on the GHG Protocol website, and provide WRI with feedback on the usability and practicality of the standards before they’re finalized in early 2014. We’re seeking participants from a variety of countries, subnational regions, and cities, as well as a variety of sectors (e.g., AFOLU, energy supply, industry, residential and commercial buildings, transport, and waste). Pilot testing organizations will be acknowledged in the final standard. For more information, please see the terms of reference for pilot testing at

Update on Financial Sector Guidance

Background: GHG Protocol is partnering with UNEP Finance Initiative to develop guidance to help the financial sector account for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with lending and investments ("financed emissions"). Acting as market players, capital providers, and advisers, financial institutions are important actors in the shift to a low-carbon economy. As risk management experts, it is critical that financial institutions have the necessary tools to consider the implications of continued investment in, and financing of, carbon intensive sectors and companies. A standardized accounting and reporting framework for financed emissions is a crucial first step towards widespread adoption of financed emissions measurement and management. The framework will provide financial institutions with a tool to better understand the climate change impact of investment decisions and subsequently to direct their investments towards lower carbon options or firms.

Next Steps: The project is currently in the scoping phase, which has included conducting an online survey, and two in-person workshops. The second workshop will be held in New York on February 25. After the scoping phase is complete, a summary of the outcomes will be released, as well as details of next steps.

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ICT Sector Guidance Released for Second Open Comment Period

A second draft of the GHG Protocol ICT Sector Guidance for the Product Standard is now available for public comment. This sector guidance is a supplement to the GHG Protocol Product Standard and is being developed in partnership with the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the Carbon Trust. All the chapters have been revised based on the feedback received during the first comment period in early 2012. Once the second public comment period is complete, additional revisions will be made and the final guidance will be released in mid-2013.

Interested stakeholders are invited to visit the GHG Protocol website in order to download the draft chapters and provide comments.

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Climate Leadership Conference 2013

The GHG Protocol will be highlighting its work at the Climate Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., featuring its Scope 2 Guidance development and corporate GHG goal-setting. The Conference takes place from February 27 – March 1, and provides an annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Further details about the event and information about registration is available here.

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The GHG Protocol team has been writing blogs about exciting new developments in our different project areas. All of the blogs are available at WRI Insights as well as on the GHG Protocol website. This is a great opportunity to get more frequent updates about exciting work that is underway as well as find out new ways to engage in the projects.

Team Updates

Vivek Adhia is a Senior Associate in the GHG Protocol who is working with businesses in India to promote stewardship, innovation, and an alternate response to climate change. Vivek is leading an initiative to set-up a voluntary, industry led National GHG Program to facilitate efficient, profitable, competitive, and sustainable businesses in a carbon constrained world. The program aims to mainstream energy and GHG emissions measurement and management as well as climate leadership in the India’s corporate sector. It will also establish an interactive platform for sharing tools, standardize reporting frameworks, create a web-based GHG emissions registry, share case studies and best practices, and recognize sector leaders.

Vivek has worked extensively with the corporate sector. At Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Vivek worked on a variety of sustainability initiatives including climate strategy, carbon footprinting, water footprinting and environmental mapping, incorporating sustainable business practices across the organisation and the value chain, carbon trading and finance, and life cycle assessments. He also led a workstream on Collaborative Innovation with the World Economic Forum, covering the areas of bio-refineries, energy harnessing and alternative materials promoting and mainstreaming innovation across the food-water-energy and carbon nexus. Vivek also specializes in project management, project finance, business strategy, chemical engineering, cleantech and biotechnology.

Apurba Mitra is an associate working as part of the Measurement and Performance Tracking project (MAPT) in the Climate and Energy Program. She is currently working as part of a team to develop new Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidelines for: (1) quantifying greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from climate change mitigation actions and policies, and (2) tracking progress toward national and sub-national GHG reduction goals.

Prior to joining WRI, Apurba was an Assistant Manager with KPMG’s Climate Change & Sustainability Services in India. She has experience in diverse climate change assignments spanning a range of sectors: Energy Industries (Renewable Energy/Non Renewable – Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass), Manufacturing Industries (Polyurethane Foam, Textile, Iron & Steel, Sugar, Paper), Chemical Industries (Fertilizer), Transport, and Waste. She also gained considerable policy level experience in her previous organizations while working closely with agencies responsible for climate change in the Indian Government. Apurba holds a BE in Environmental Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, India.

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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GLEC Framework: a universal method for logistics emissions accounting

This week, the Smart Freight Center released the GLEC Framework, a guide for shippers, carriers and logistics service providers on how to report emissions from logistics operations. It is meant to be used in conjunction with the Corporate Standard, and it has earned the “Built on GHG Protocol” mark for its compliance with GHG Protocol’s requirements.

New e-learning courses on the Policy and Action Standard and Mitigation Goal Standard

The GHG Protocol offers two new online courses for policymakers and analysts at either the national or local level. The courses are intended to help users understand the Policy and Action Standard and Mitigation Goal Standard and apply the standard to their specific circumstances.

You, too, can master value chain emissions

For many businesses, value chain (scope 3) emissions account for more than 70 percent of their carbon footprint. Measuring and managing these emissions can motivate a company to do business with greener suppliers, improve the energy efficiency of its products, and rethink its distribution network -- measures that significantly reduce the overall impact on the climate.

If your company does not yet account for scope 3 emissions, you may be wondering where to start. Here are a few essential resources to guide you through the process.

Public Comment: IAEG Scope 3 Supplemental Guidance

The International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) has released their draft Scope 3 Supplemental Guidance, which is now available for public comment. This sector guidance is intended to supplement the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard and provide additional guidance for companies within the aerospace industry.

Request For Proposals

World Resources Institute seeks a vendor to develop an online course to be delivered by December 2015. More information about the finished product and how to submit a proposal is available here.

Top Ten Questions about the Scope 2 Guidance

On January 20, the GHG Protocol released the Scope 2 Guidance: an amendment to the Corporate Standard. It is the first major revision to the Corporate Standard in over 11 years. To help companies start implementing the Guidance, here are a few answers to the top ten questions you might have and where to find more information in the Guidance document.

RELEASE: Companies Can Now Credibly Report Emissions From Low-Carbon Electricity Purchases

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2015)– Today the World Resources Institute unveiled new guidance for companies to measure emissions from purchased electricity. The first major update to the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard responds to the rapid growth of renewable energy and other major shifts in the electricity market.

Scope 3 Evaluator Now Available

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Quantis have joined forces to develop and launch the Scope 3 Evaluator - a free, web-based tool that allows users to make an initial, rough approximation of their full Scope 3 footprint, regardless of the size or type of organization.

Read the full press release here.

Hundreds of Cities Poised to Replicate Rio’s Approach to Measuring and Reducing Emissions

By Wee Kean Fong and Ryan Schleeter - December 08, 2014

Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s leading cities injecting sustainability into its planning. In 2011, Mayor Eduardo Paes enacted an ambitious climate change law, setting a goal to avoid 20 percent of its emissions by 2020, based on 2005 levels. There was only one problem: The city wasn’t sure just how much it was emitting, or where its emissions were coming from.

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.



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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