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Guidance

GHG Protocol develops guidance to provide clarity on how specific sectors can apply GHG Protocol standards.

Explore GHG Protocol guidance and working papers exploring additional greenhouse gas accounting topics below. 

Guidance

Scope 2 Guidance
The Scope 2 Guidance standardizes how corporations measure emissions from purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heat, and cooling (called “scope 2 emissions”).
Best for: Companies and Organizations
Online learning product:
Scope 2 Guidance Training Webinar
Scope 3 Calculation Guidance
Building on the Scope 3 Standard, this companion guide makes it easier than ever for businesses to complete their scope 3 inventories. 
Best for: Companies and Organizations
Online learning product:
Scope 3 Standard Online Course
Agriculture Guidance
The GHG Protocol Agricultural Guidance, a supplement to the Corporate Standard, is the first ever global guidance to measure GHG emissions for the agriculture sector. It covers all agricultural subsectors, including livestock, crop production, and land use change.
Best for: Companies and Organizations
Online learning product:
Corporate Standard Training Webinar
Estimating and Reporting Avoided Emissions
This paper provides a neutral framework for estimating and disclosing both positive and negative impacts of products and recommendations for companies to improve the credibility and consistency of claims they make about the comparative greenhouse gas impacts of their products.
Best for: Companies and Organizations
Online learning product:
Corporate Standard Training Webinar
Public Sector Protocol
The GHG Protocol has developed accounting guidance that interprets the principles from the Corporate Standard for the unique structures and needs of U.S. government operations at the federal, state and local level.
Best for: Countries and Cities
Potential Emissions from Fossil Fuel Reserves
The first-ever global guidance for measuring and reporting the potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the fossil fuel reserves held by oil, coal and gas companies. 
Best for: Fossil Fuel Companies
The Global GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard for the Financial Industry
The first ever global, harmonized and transparent methodology for measuring the GHG emissions of loans and investments.
Land Sector and Removals Guidance
Building on the Corporate Standard and Scope 3 Standard, this guidance will explain how companies should account for emissions and removals from land use, land use change, biogenic products, technological CO2 removals, and related activities in GHG inventories. The guidance is currently being developed through a multi-stakeholder development process. The draft guidance is expected to be available for both pilot testing and review in Q1 2022. Publication is expected at the end of 2022.
Best for: Companies and Organizations

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