Updated Greenhouse Gas Protocol Guidance features Guarantees of Origin

Yesterday, Mary Sotos from the World Resources Institute and Tom Lindberg from ECOHZ were speakers at the International Conference in Taiwan on Corporate Greenhouse Gas Accounting Change and Green Electricity purchasing in Asia. Mary Sotos presented the updated Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance for companies and governments to report their emissions from the electricity consumed.

Companies and governments are increasingly looking to contribute to a sustainable future, by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. But you can only change what you measure. International frameworks and reporting standards are key to help companies and governments map their green house gas emissions, report the results and signal to the market the demand for renewable energy. Today, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG-P) is the most widely used international accounting framework to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions.

Guarantees of Origin – documentation of renewable electricity consumption

To easily and transparently report emissions and origin of the electricity consumed, the World Resources Institute presented an updated Greenhouse Gas Protocol Accounting Guidance Scope 2. We are excited to announce that for the first time in Scope 2’s Accounting Guidance, Guarantees of Origin is directly featured as an instrument to document electricity consumed from renewable sources.

The Greenhouse Gas-P Scope 2 categorises indirect emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam. “By the Scope 2 Accounting Guidance including Guarantees of Origin as best practice tracking system of power attributes, more companies are encouraged to document that they use electricity from renewable sources,” said Tom Lindberg, Managing Director, ECOHZ from Taiwan.

“Guarantees of Origin reduce companies’ CO2 footprint, increase awareness of the origin of the electricity consumed and send a signal to the market that companies prefer electricity from renewable energy sources. Over time this documented demand for low carbon energy solutions will change energy behaviour.” This will encourage businesses to measure, manage and report their greenhouse gas emissions from their electricity consumption and increasingly switch to power from renewable sources.

GO2 and EKOenergy: making an impact for the future power mix

In addition to frameworks, the corporate world is looking for innovative solutions that generate more renewable power to the grid – fast. ECOHZ has developed a new concept called GO2 that combines the Guarantees of Origin (GO) documentation with top financing to named new renewable projects. GO2 is an accessible, low risk entry for companies to engage and quickly unlock renewable energy projects; bring more renewable energy to the grid. The Greenhouse Gas-P Scope 2 recommends GO2 and EKOenergy as relevant and recommendable products to engage further in the promotion of renewable power.

Key changes in accounting and reporting electricity emissions (scope 2)

At the conference in Taiwan, Mary Sotos from WRI  presented a short document with the key changes based on the new Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance, outlining the key novelties in the new Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance that will be published in January 2015.

Key changes:

  1. For most companies, scope 2 is no longer one number—it is two. Companies shall report scope 2 according to a location-based method and a market-based method.
  2. Instruments used as emission factors in the market-based method must meet Scope 2 Quality Criteria.
  3. Companies should disclose key features and policy context of their contractual instruments.

ECOHZ invites you to the European release events for the new Greenhouse Gas-P Scope 2 Guidance

London          Wednesday 21 January 2015

Brussels        Thursday 22 January 2015

Link to more information on the release events.

Interview with Mary Sotos, Project Manager, Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance

If you are interested in more information about Greenhouse Gas Protocol or how we can help you reduce your carbon footprint by documenting the electricity that you consume, please send Preben Munch a note pm@ecohz.com or call his cell +41 78 659 2603.

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