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GHG Protocol Newsletter: February 2024

Inaugural Independent Standards Board Chair Selected  

Greenhouse Gas Protocol is pleased to announce that Dr. Alexander Bassen will serve as the inaugural Chair of its Independent Standards Board (ISB), the new governance body tasked with overseeing standards development, including the update of GHG Protocol’s flagship suite of standards for business (the Corporate Standard, Scope 2 Guidance, and Scope 3 Standard). Dr. Bassen, a globally recognized academic and expert on corporate governance and sustainability reporting, is professor of Capital Markets and Management of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg. Read the full announcement. 

Governance Update 

Applications for GHG Protocol's governance closed on Wednesday, January 31. Many thanks to those who took time to submit an expression of interest. We received over 1,500 applications across the Steering Committee, Independent Standards Board and Technical Working Groups. More information about the role of each group can be found here. GHG Protocol is now working to conduct an expeditious review of the applications and will follow up with additional updates as soon as possible.     

New Blog Post: 2023 in Numbers  

2023 was a historic year for Greenhouse Gas Protocol and we are excited to share some of our major milestones from the last year. From launching two new overarching governance bodies, to administering four surveys, to adding 14 new staff members to our team, we have made significant progress towards updating our suite of corporate standards, expanded the ways stakeholders can be involved in our update process, and increased our team's capacity. To learn more about our work in 2023, read our blog. 

Webinar Recording: Aligning Corporate Targets for Forests, Climate, and Nature 

This webinar, featuring GHG Protocol’s Matt Ramlow, explored how companies that produce, trade, or source agricultural or forestry commodities anywhere in the world can effectively address supply chain risks. Matt participated in the webinar discussion alongside leaders from GreenBiz, the Accountability Framework, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Complete the registration form to access the recording. 

Transformers Podcast Episode: Scope 3 and Why It Is So Critical to Reach Net Zero 

GHG Protocol Director Pankaj Bhatia joined Gilles Tisserand, Tetra Pak’s Vice President of Sustainability, Climate and Biodiversity, in a recent episode of Kaj Embren’s Transformers podcast. Pankaj and Gilles discuss the importance of accounting for scope 3 emissions and reaching net zero. Listen to the episode.  

COP 28 Event Recording: Climate-Nature Nexus in Global Sustainability Reporting 

Alongside leaders from Microsoft, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), WWF International, UNEP FI, and UNFCC’s Climate Champions Team, Pankaj Bhatia participated in a COP 28 event hosted by GRI exploring what's next for sustainability reporting on climate and nature. Watch the event recording 

Value Chain Initiative Interview with Pankaj Bhatia: The Integrity of GHG Reporting 

During Climate Week 2023 Pankaj Bhatia was featured in a video interview organized by the Value Change Initiative, where he discussed the importance of credible GHG accounting and reporting. The interview also included a discussion of what reaching net zero means and what the main barriers to achieving it are. Watch the interview 

Welcoming New Staff to the GHG Protocol Team 

Please join us in welcoming our new addition to the GHG Protocol Secretariat:     

  • Chelsea Gillis, Senior Associate Scope 2, supports the research and stakeholder process to revise and update the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance. 

Seeking Applicants for Open Positions 

The GHG Protocol Secretariat is looking for experienced individuals to join our team. Full position descriptions and application information can be found here:    

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