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The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard provides standards and guidance for companies and other organizations preparing a GHG emissions inventory. It covers the accounting and reporting of the six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol — carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6). The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard was amended in May 2013 to include a seventh greenhouse gas – nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), see amendment below. It was designed with the following objectives in mind:

 

  • To help companies prepare a GHG inventory that represents a true and fair account of their emissions, through the use of standardized approaches and principles.
  • To simplify and reduce the costs of compiling a GHG inventory
  • To provide business with information that can be used to build an effective strategy to manage and reduce GHG emissions
  • To increase consistency and transparency in GHG accounting and reporting among various companies and GHG programs

The module builds on the experience and knowledge of over 350 leading experts drawn from businesses, NGOs, governments and accounting associations. It has been road-tested by over 30 companies in nine countries. The GHG Protocol Initiative’s vision is to harmonize GHG accounting and reporting standards internationally to ensure that different trading schemes and other climate related initiatives adopt consistent approaches to GHG accounting.

 

Download the report here.