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For the First Time, a Common Framework for Cities’ Greenhouse Gas Inventories

UPDATE: The deadline to apply to pilot test the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) has been extended to March 31, 2013. Download the Terms of Reference and Application Form for the pilot project, as well as other relevant documents about the GPC. Or, for more information, please contact Wee Kean Fong at wkfong@wri.org.

“You cannot manage what you cannot measure” is a well-known adage for business, and the phrase is increasingly relevant for cities. In the past decade, many cities have started measuring their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data. GHG inventories are essential for building effective low-carbon strategies, tracking GHG reductions, responding to regulations and local GHG program requirements, and securing climate finance. Some cities also believe that tracking emissions can eventually conserve financial and other resources.

The challenge is that most cities conduct their inventories using different methodologies. Without an internationally consistent framework for GHG accounting and reporting, inventory results can be confusing and misleading to decision-makers, investors, and civil society stakeholders. This lack of consistency can even jeopardize the accountability and effectiveness of cities’ emission-reduction efforts.

The Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions

But there is a solution: WRI partnered with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) to develop the Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions (GPC) Pilot Version 1.0. This guide—which is now beginning its pilot-testing phase—is set to become the first internationally accepted framework for city-level GHG inventories.

As the GPC begins its pilot-testing phase, city leaders may wonder about the specific benefits of using a standardized GHG accounting method. Let’s take a look at GHG reporting trends in cities and the risks of using inconsistent methods.

WRI 2010 Organizational Greenhouse Gas Inventory

WRI has calculated the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our own operations since 1999. This report provides a comprehensive description of WRI’s 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and introduces our new GHG reduction targets.

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard

This standard provides requirements and guidance for companies and
other organizations to quantify and publicly report an
inventory of GHG emissions and removals associated
with a specific product.

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard

This standard (also referred to
as the Scope 3 Standard) provides requirements and
guidance for companies and other organizations to
prepare and publicly report a GHG emissions inventory
that includes indirect emissions resulting from value
chain activities (i.e.,...

CAIT’s Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data Now Available in Google Public Data Explorer

Last year, in an effort to make our climate data more accessible, WRI launched a pilot that paired estimates of U.S. state greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT) with the Google Public Data Explorer, a tool that visualizes large data sets with interactive charts and maps.

Corporate Greenhouse Gas Inventories for the Agricultural Sector

Proposed Accounting and Reporting Steps

This paper suggests greenhouse gas accounting and reporting procedures for the agricultural sector, based on the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.

First International GHG Protocol-based Programs Workshop Report

Key Challenges and Recommendations

This Working Paper summarizes the common challenges identified by greenhouse gas accounting and reporting programs at the March 2010 International Workshop of GHG Protocol-based Programs. It then goes on to present recommendations generated by workshop participants on how to best address these...

Remedying Discord in the Accord

Accounting Rules for Annex I Pledges in a Post-2012 Climate Agreement

This paper provides recommendations and options for harmonizing accounting rules for developed country, or Annex I, emissions reduction pledges for a post-2012 climate policy under discussion in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change‘s (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term...

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Citywide Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories

A Review of Selected Methodologies

This working paper analyzes the main methodological
issues involved in making an citywide transportation emissions inventory and explores how
they can influence the inventory’s results.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol for the U.S. Public Sector

Interpreting the Corporate Standard for U.S. Public Sector Organizations

This report provides tailored guidance to interpret the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard specifically for the public sector.

For more information on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, please visit http://www.ghgprotocol.org/

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