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Review Service

The “Built on GHG Protocol” mark recognizes accounting resources that are in conformance with GHG Protocol standards. 

Greenhouse Gas Protocol publishes the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas accounting standards. These standards are often the basis for accounting resources designed by organizations or consultancies, such as sector-specific guidance, calculation tools, and reporting programs. The Built on GHG Protocol review service is a way for GHG Protocol to recognize products that have been developed in conformance with a GHG Protocol standard. Resources that are determined to be in conformance will be granted permission to use the Built on GHG Protocol logo and will benefit from the GHG Protocol’s reputation as the gold standard for GHG accounting.  


Applying for the Built on GHG Protocol Review Service

While the GHG Protocol secretariat continues to determine a long-term strategy and approach, in the short term we have decided to narrow the focus of the review service to better align our capacity with the growing demand for such reviews.  

Applications will be selected for review based upon the following eligibility criteria:  

  • The application is for a sector guidance document (this does not include calculation tools, platforms, or software),
  • The sector guidance is in conformance with existing GHG Protocol standards and guidance,
  • The sector guidance is provided to users for free,
  • The sector guidance is not directly associated with the sale of products or services other than those related to GHG accounting, reporting, target setting, management, and related activities.

Among the applications that are eligible for review, the GHG Protocol secretariat will prioritize review of applications that facilitate an accurate and complete implementation of a GHG Protocol standard, are of high technical and presentation quality, and fill a key gap not covered by existing standards and/or guidance.


Review process and costs

The cost of the Built on GHG Protocol review service depends on the scope of each review process and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Typically, GHG Protocol conducts an initial review of the first draft. A subsequent review is conducted after the final draft is completed, and a final review is performed to ensure all recommended revisions are completed. The timeframe and cost for the review process depends on the size and complexity of the document and stakeholder review process, and the time needed to address the requested revisions.

To submit an application, please complete and submit this online form. If you have additional questions, please refer to the Built on GHG Protocol policy document.