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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Updates

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:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYSLWDD

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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 www.ghgprotocol.org/mitigation-accounting.

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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Blogs

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.

Featured Content

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.

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.

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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