Issue 28

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the GHG Protocol, Welcome to the first newsletter of the new fiscal year. As we near the end of 2009, the GHG Protocol team has been busy developing a number of new standards and protocols. The new standards for product life cycle and scope 3 accounting and reporting have progressed significantly this quarter. First drafts have been completed and were discussed at the two-day Steering Committee meeting earlier this month. The first Stakeholder Advisory Group webinars were conducted for Asia and Europe/North America to bring the group up to date on the standards development process and discuss important next steps which include five stakeholder workshops that will be held at the end of this year in Europe, Asia, and North America. The new Public Sector standard is also well underway with a provisional draft being released earlier in the month and a comment period that is ongoing and set to end at the beginning of November. The GHG Protocol’s developing country work continues to grow as twenty-seven of Brazil’s largest companies have, this month, inventoried their greenhouse gas emissions and publicly reported the data for the first time through the Brazil GHG Protocol Program. This quarter has also seen the release of a new WRI issue brief - ‘Accounting for Risk’ - which makes a strong case for why financial institutions should both measure and report the GHG emissions in their investment portfolios. Finally, the GHG Protocol welcomes Laura Draucker to the team. Laura will be working as a Life Cycle Assessment Associate on the development of the new Product and Scope 3 standards. As usual we look forward to your feedback. Best regards, The WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol Team

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Laura Draucker

Laura joins the GHG Protocol team as a Life Cycle Assessment Associate working on the Product and Supply Chain Initiative. Prior to joining WRI, Laura performed life cycle inventory and cost assessments for the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on electricity generation and liquid fuel production technologies. With NETL, Laura drafted a guideline document for performing consistent energy-based life cycle assessments and was involved in developing a framework document for consistent GHG accounting of alternative aviation fuels. Laura also completed a post doc with the EPA Office of Research and Development, where she performed MARKAL energy systems scenario modeling of the impacts of carbon legislation, efficiency measures, and technological advances on regional U.S. energy use and emissions. She has experience calculating the life cycle energy use and emissions associated with utility, industrial, and bio-energy processes. Laura holds Doctoral and Bachelors degrees in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Villanova University, respectively.