Pilot Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) launched

Submitted by: Amanda Botes, Thursday, May 24, 2012

The pilot version of the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) was launched by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) on the 14 May 2012.

The GPC is an attempt to provide step by step guidance to local governments on measuring and publicly reporting their community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a consistent way. Measuring and reporting emissions is the first step to managing and subsequently reducing emissions.

In order to measure the carbon footprint of a city/municipality both government and community emissions need to be taken into account. Government emissions are GHG emissions that are emitted from activities that are under the control of the city/municipality, whilst community emissions are GHG emissions from different sectors that are within the physical area that the city/municipality governs. The GPC provides guidance to local governments on measuring direct and indirect community emissions.

In March 2012 a draft version of the GPC was released for comment and these comments have been incorporated into the pilot version.  The GPC, also known as the ‘community protocol’ will now be piloted in selected cities so that a global standard for measuring community greenhouse gas emissions in cities is established. The GPC is intended to assist cities to effectively record their emissions and subsequently plan for the impacts of climate change.

The first edition of the full community protocol is expected to be released later this year.

Amanda Botes