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Major corporations begin road-testing global framework for GHGs

Companies embark on test of new GHG protocols that could enable them to better calculate and share the climate change impact of their products.

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Sixty corporations have begun measuring the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) of their products and supply chains by road testing a new global framework that is part of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative. Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the two new GHG Protocol standards – the Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard and the Scope 3 (Corporate Value Chain) Accounting and Reporting Standard – provide methods to account for emissions associated with individual products across their life cycles and of corporations across their value chains.

Companies participating in the road testing represent 17 countries from every continent and more than 20 industry sectors. Among them, consumer packaged goods/packaging companies include: Alcan Packaging; Alcoa; Coca-Cola Entfrischungsgetränke AG; DuPont; The Estee Lauder Company; Kraft Foods; New Belgium Brewing Co.; Procter & Gamble Eurocor; SC Johnson; Shanghai Zidan Food Packaging & Printing Co., Ltd.; and Swire Beverages (Coca-Cola Bottling Partner).

Says WRI president Jonathan Lash, “We are encouraged by the overwhelming response from the private sector seeking to road test the new standards. There were more than 120 applications across a broad array of sectors and regions worldwide. The road testing will provide critical input in ensuring that the standards generate credible and meaningful data for business and government decision makers, while considering the practical challenges that businesses and programs will face during implementation.”

Adds Bjorn Stigson,president of WBCSD, “Increasingly, companies are looking beyond their own boundaries and developing strategies to reduce GHG emissions in their supply chains and in the products they make and sell. By taking a comprehensive approach to GHG measurement and management, businesses and policymakers can focus attention on the greatest opportunities to reduce emissions within the full value chain, leading to more sustainable decisions about the products companies buy, sell, and produce.”

While many companies have been measuring the emissions from their own operations and electricity use, the Scope 3 Standard will, for the first time, allow companies to look comprehensively at the impact of their corporate value chains, including outsourced activities, supplier manufacturing, and the use of the products they sell. Road testers of the Product Standard will measure the climate change impact of products ranging from magazines, food, and jeans to computers, wind turbines, and steel.

Levi Strauss & Co. is among the corporations road-testing the protocol. Says the company’s vice president of social and environmental sustainability, Michael Kobori, “Levi Strauss & Co. is thrilled to be road-testing the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard. If this method becomes widely accepted, it will enable us to better calculate and share the climate change impact of our products. Being able to credibly measure and communicate that product impact to consumers can unleash the power of the market to address climate change on a global scale.”

The draft standards were developed over the last year through a global, collaborative multistakeholder process, with participation from more than 1,000 volunteer representatives from industry, government, academia, and NGOs.

The road-testing process will provide real-world feedback to ensure the standards can be practically implemented by companies and organizations from a variety of sectors, sizes, and geographic areas around the world. The final standards are scheduled to be published in December 2010.

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