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COP21: speeding up climate change actions

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THE UNFCCC 21th Conference of Parties (COP21) was held in Paris from the 30th of November to the 12th of December, 2015. The 195 countries represented here reached an historical agreement to curb climate change.

The Paris agreement at a glance:

  • Objective to keep temperature rise below 2°C and try to limit it to 1.5°C
  • Five-year cycle of actions. 186 countries have published their action plans to reduce emissions.
  • Review mechanism every five years, with a first world review in 2023. This will help increase the transparency, countries will be required to report on their emissions.
  • Focus on climate change adaptation instead of mitigation, which means “adjusting systems in response to climate change, with changes in processes, practices, and structures to moderate potential damages or to benefit from opportunities associated with climate change,”(UNFCCC) while mitigation is about reducing GHG emissions.
  • Finance and burden-sharing. Developed countries are to provide financial resources to help resources countries, up to 100 billion dollars from 2020.
  • Loss and damage principle. The agreement acknowledges the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage, created in 2013 to deal with the cases when mitigation and adaptation fail.


What is next?

The agreement will be open to signature on next Earth day, the 22nd of April, 2016. To be enforced, at least 55 countries must ratify it, and they must represent at least 55% of the world’s emissions.

What can you do?

Every organization can take part in mitigating climate change and reducing emissions! A first step is to assess the carbon footprint to then reduce the identified emissions by implementing many simple actions at local level.

For more information: Paris agreement and a related infographic, UNFCCC, carbon footprint,  or contact us at info@dfge.de


Greenhouse Gas Protocol: Neue Scope 2-Guidance veröffentlicht

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Nach langen und teils intensiven Abstimmungen hat das Greenhouse Gas Protocol nun seine finalen Richtlinien für die Berechnung von Scope 2-Emissionen vorgestellt.

(http://www.ghgprotocol.org/scope_2_guidance ).

Die DFGE war als Mitglied der GHG Protocol Stakeholder-Gruppe an der Entwicklung und Abstimmung beteiligt

Das Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) ist eine Initiative von WRI und WBCSD, die einheitliche und detaillierte Standards für die Berechnung von Treibhausgas-Emissionen erarbeitet.

Als Scope 2 bezeichnet man dabei alle Emissionen, die indirekt durch den Energiebezug von Unternehmen oder Organisationen entstehen – also beispielsweise bei der Strom- oder Fernwärmeproduktion in Kraftwerken.

Problem: Zuordnung der Energieproduktion

Größter Diskussionspunkt ist hier die Berechnung der zugehörigen Emissionen. Je nach dem, wie der Strom erzeugt wird (z.B. erneuerbar vs. fossil, Braunkohle- vs. Gaskraftwerk) fallen mehr oder weniger Treibhausgas-Emissionen pro kWh an – der sogenannte Emissionsfaktor. Continue reading

GHG Protocol – Standard on Quantifying and Reporting the Avoided Emissions of Products

The WRI/GHG protocol is currently scoping to deliver a standard methodology to quantify and report avoided emissions of products. So a company can calculate avoided emissions for goods and services.

Several companies already report avoided emissions on a corporate and company level. Several guidances for industries are available.

The DFGE follows the principle of physical emissions. Offering a calculation for the real physical emissions and a clear and separate calculation for any avoided emissins or green energy activities. The DFGE developed a gross/net methodology to allow companies to be fully compliant with any current standards thus been able to show their activities in terms of avoided emissions. For both – corporate and product emission calculations.

The Green House Gas Protocol is currently analyzing the stakeholders and started a survey. Further information can be found here.

New Scope 3 Calculation Guidance (GHG Protocol)

The Green House Gas Protocol released a new guidance for the calculation of Scope 3 inventories. The new guidance provides even more methods for the 15 categories, guidance on selecting the appropriate calculation methods and examples of the calculation of the Carbon Footprint.

What has changed:

  • Revised Decision Trees
  • More Detail on calculation for category 1 – Purchased Goods and Services (hybrid method)
  • More Guidance for category 5 – Waste generated in operations
  • Extended Guidance for category 15 – Investments

You can download the full report (or for single categories) here.

Video – The business value of the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain Standards

WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP)