The Paris Agreement commits countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The GHG Protocol arose out of the need to help countries and companies account for, report, and mitigate emissions, based on a report that identified an action agenda to address climate change that included the need for standardized measurement of GHG emissions.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) provides accounting and reporting standards, sector guidance, calculation tools and trainings for businesses and local and national governments. It has created a comprehensive, global, standardized framework for measuring and managing emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains, products, cities and policies to enable greenhouse gas reductions across the board.

The full value chain (Scopes 1, 2, 3) of the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard.
Overview of GHG Protocol scopes and emissions across the value chain. Learn more here.

WRI and WBCSD created the GHGP as an international standard for corporate accounting and reporting emissions, categorizing GHGs into Scope 1, 2 and 3 based on the source. It is now the most widely used accounting tools to track GHG emissions, with nine out of ten Fortune 500 companies reporting to CDP use our comprehensive global standardized framework. GHGPl also provides webinar, e-learning and in-person training and capacity-building support on its standards and tools. We also offer the “Built on GHG Protocol” review service, which recognizes sector guidance, product rules and tools in conformance with GHG Protocol standards.

Greenhouse Gas Protocol offers the following resources: 

These resources culminate in a protocol that is accessible to all entities looking to reduce emissions and help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.  

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