Event features U.S. and international government officials and international NGO leaders

WASHINGTON — Are countries on track to meet their climate commitments? How effective are specific local or national policies to drive carbon reductions? And will countries’ actions add up to limit warming to under 2 degrees Celsius? These are a few of the questions that two new Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) standards will help answer.

At a launch event on Friday, November 21, government representatives and experts will reflect on the significance of these new standards for the international climate negotiations, as well as for advancing local and national action. The event will feature comments from officials from the U.S. government, the Chilean government, the UN Climate Change Secretariat, and more.

Developed by World Resources Institute (WRI), the standards will enable policymakers and analysts to set climate targets, improve policies, foresee their emissions trajectory and identify whether they are on track to meet climate goals. The Policy and Action Standard helps evaluate the effectiveness of specific policies or measures in achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions, empowering policymakers and analysts to better assess and communicate their progress. The Mitigation Goal Standard takes a bigger picture view, enabling governments to determine their emissions trajectory and whether their policy portfolio aligns with reaching their climate goals.

The event will be followed by lunch and a free training workshop for how to use both standards.


Launch of Two New Greenhouse Gas Standards to Improve Climate Policies and Boost Transparency at International Climate Negotiations



  • Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, WRI
  • Pankaj Bhatia, Director, Greenhouse Gas Protocol, WRI
  • Sophie Siemens, Project Coordinator, Ministry of Environment, Chile
  • Michael Lazarus, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute – US Center

Panel Discussion

  • Katia Simeonova, Manager, Mitigation, Data and Analysis Programme, Reporting and Analysis Programme, UN Climate Change Secretariat
  • Jennifer Morgan, Director, Climate Program, WRI
  • Alexa Kleysteuber, Mitigation Advisor, The Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC)
  • Maurice LeFranc, Senior Advisor for International Climate Change, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • David Rich, Senior Associate, WRI
  • Kelly Levin, Senior Associate, WRI


World Resources Institute
10 G Street, NE, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002

The venue is a 5 minute walk from Union Station Metro (Red Line).


Friday, November 21, 2014

10:00 – 11:45 a.m. ET


RSVP required to press@wri.org