GHG Protocol scope 2 guidance: an amendment to the GHG Protocol corporate standard

Published: January 1, 2015 by Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Level 2: Execute

Green Freight, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Energy, Thriving Forests, Zero Waste

The Scope 2 Guidance standardizes how corporations measure emissions from purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heat and cooling (called “scope 2 emissions”).

The guidance includes:

- New requirements for accounting for emissions from energy contracts and instruments (such as renewable energy credits) in GHG inventories.
- Eight Scope 2 Quality Criteria that all contractual instruments must meet in order to be a reliable data source for the scope 2 market-based method.
- Recommendations for transparently disclosing information about energy purchases.
- Eleven short case studies to illustrate the benefits of the new requirements.

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