Accounting Standards & Data

Greenhouse Gas Protocol
GHG Protocol. Provides Calculation Tools/Worksheets, related info, e.g. view History of GHG Protocol, FAQs, more. “GHG Protocol establishes comprehensive global standardized frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions. Building on a 20-year partnership between World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), GHG Protocol works with governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses and other organizations.”

United Nations Climate Change Convention: The Paris Agreement
“The Paris Agreement’s aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives. The Agreement also provides for enhanced transparency of action and support through a more robust transparency framework. There will be a global stocktake every 5 years to assess the collective progress towards achieving the purpose of the Agreement and to inform further individual actions by Parties.” View Summary of the Paris Agreement

Impact of the global forest industry on atmospheric greenhouse gases
Reid Miner FAO FORESTRY PAPER 159 (2010)
This book examines the influence of the forest products (roundwood, processed wood
products and pulp and paper) value chain on atmospheric greenhouse gases

Standards followed by Nova Scotia

From Mr. Jason Hollet in response on May 7, 2018 to a request to give me the references (names of documents etc) for “nationally and internationally accepted accounting standards for GHG emissions measurement as well as for the classification of biomass as a renewable energy source” (citing Mr. Hollet):

For reporting biomass emissions, we follow the approach described in Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) and their National Inventory Report (NIR), which in turn follows guidance from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

For energy produced from biomass, this means N2O and CH4 emissions are required to be reported and included in the inventory. CO2 emissions must be reported, but is not considered part of the GHG emission inventory.

Below are links with the information as requested.

Nova Scotia’s provincial GHG inventory is prepared by Environment and Climate Change Canada. (reference to IPCC at the bottom, along with link):

ECCC also require facilities report their GHG emissions annually- Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. Here is a recently released technical guidance document.

Nova Scotia also requires GHG reporting (new this year). Our QRV Standard is based on the Western Climate Initiative reporting methodologies.

IPCC Taskforce on GHG Inventories (see Chapter 2, section 2.33):