GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard: ICT Sector Guidance

The GHG Protocol Product Standard ICT Sector Guidance development process was launched in March 2011 in partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the Carbon Trust.

The initiative is developing sector guidance for the greenhouse gas assessment of ICT products (including goods and services) to support the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard (the ‘Product Standard’). The guidance is intended to be used as a practitioners guide to measuring emissions in this sector and is being developed using a multi-stakeholder process with a multi-tiered review structure where drafts are modified and consulted on iteratively.

As a key part of the guidance development process, process involves a public comment period allowing the Stakeholder Advisory Group to provide comments on the draft guidance. The intention is to release draft chapters in phases over the coming months, with this being the first phase including two chapters on telecommunications networks (TNS) and desktop managed services (DMS).

The overall status of the review process can be summarized as:

  • Review of chapters completed by sub-groups and by the wider Technical Working Group
  • Review by Steering Committee • Stakeholder Advisory Group public comment (November and December 2011)
  • Review comments and revise guidance: January-February 2012
  • Finalize and publish guidance: March 2012

Further details of the progress of the development of the GHG guidance can be found at

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