Land Sector and Removals Guidance

The GHG Protocol Land Sector and Removals Guidance explains how companies should account for and report GHG emissions and removals from land management, land use change, biogenic products, carbon dioxide removal technologies, and related activites in GHG inventories, building on the Corporate Standard and Scope 3 Standard.

The guidance is currently being developed through a global, inclusive multi-stakeholder development process which began in 2020. The Draft for Pilot Testing and Review is now available (see documents below). The Guidance will be finalized and published in 2023.

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About the Land Sector and Removals Guidance

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol Land Sector and Removals Guidance explains how companies account for and report the following activities in their greenhouse gas inventories:
• Land management and land use change
• CO2 removals and storage in land, product and geologic carbon pools
• Biogenic products and products derived from technological CO2 removals across the value chain


The new guidance is expected to be used by companies to:
• Inform mitigation strategies by understanding the GHG emissions and removal impacts of land management, land use change, biogenic products and other CO2 removal activities
• Set targets and track performance by including the above activities in GHG targets
• Report GHG inventories including GHG emissions and CO2 removals and report progress toward GHG mitigation goals

 

Pilot Testing and Review Phase

The Draft for Pilot Testing and Review (September 2022) is now available. This draft is not yet final and does not represent official Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidance. 

This Guidance has been under development through the Advisory Committee and Technical Working Group since 2020.

The pilot testing phase will last 4 months (September 15, 2022 - January 15, 2023) and the review phase will last 2 months (September 28 - November 30, 2022). The Review Group is open to any interested stakeholder that wants to participate in the public consultation by reviewing this draft (to sign up, click here). Members of the Pilot Testing Group and Review Group will receive the draft by email when each phase begins.

Following the pilot testing and review phase, the Guidance will be finalized in consultation with the Advisory Committee and Technical Working Group and published in 2023.

Corporate Standard
The GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard provides requirements and guidance for companies and other organizations, such as NGOs, government agencies, and universities, that are preparing a corporate-level GHG emissions inventory.
Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard
The Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard allows companies to assess their entire value chain emissions impact and identify where to focus reduction activities.

Supporting Documents

Project Overview