Greenhouse Gas Calculation Tools

Pulp & Paper Mills | Wood Products Facilities                  [français] 

Background

Several pulp and paper industry associations around the globe, working through the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA), jointly supported a project to develop international tools for estimating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from pulp and paper mills. In 2001, the group retained NCASI to review existing GHG inventory protocols and to develop calculation tools to assist companies in preparing GHG inventories. NCASI completed this work in 2002, and the tools were released by ICFPA late that year, in association with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

In 2004, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol was updated by WRI and WBCSD. This required NCASI to make a number of minor changes to the tools to ensure that they were consistent with the new Protocol. In addition, NCASI took the opportunity to add or expand the guidance on a number of topics. The updated versions of the report and spreadsheet were approved by ICFPA and accepted by WRI and WBCSD for use under the updated Greenhouse Gas Protocol. They are now available on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol website, www.ghgprotocol.org, as well as on this website.

Also in 2004, AF&PA and FPAC retained NCASI to develop calculation tools to assist wood products facilities in estimating greenhouse gas emissions. The tools were developed and reviewed by WRI and WBCSD. They have now been accepted for use under the updated Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Like the pulp and paper tools, they are available on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol website and on NCASI’s website. An Excel workbook that aids the user by automating the calculations has also been developed. There are two versions of the workbook - one using measurement units familiar to US operations and another using units familiar to Canadian operations.

As with the pulp and paper tools, the calculation tools for wood products manufacturing facilities incorporate default approaches and emission factors which are consistent with guidance from the IPCC. These defaults can be overridden by companies as appropriate. The tools reflect many of the features of well known and widely accepted protocols such as the "GHG Protocol" issued by WRI/WBCSD, the "Climate Leaders Greenhouse Gas Inventory Protocol Core Module Guidance" issued by USEPA, and the "Challenge Registry Guide to Entity and Facility-Based Reporting" issued by VCR in Canada.

Questions or comments on the GHG calculation tools may be directed to Dr. Brad Upton. Questions on NCASI's research program related to climate change may be directed to Reid Miner.

Comparing Versions of the GHG Calculation Tools

The following table explains the differences between the various versions of the calculation tool reports and spreadsheets now available. The first digit in the version number reflects the program for which each was prepared. Versions 1.X were written primarily for use under the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol; versions 2.X were written for the U.S. DOE 1605(b) program; and versions 3.X reflect Canadian GHG reporting requirements. The second digit in each version number is zero for the original version and is increased to reflect updates. The reports and spreadsheets are numbered separately.

GHG Calculation Tools for Pulp and Paper Mills

 

Report 

Spreadsheet 

Description 


Version 1.0







Version 1.1
last updated
July 2005


 


Version 1.0







Version 1.2a
last updated
April 2009




Version 1.3
last updated
April 2009
 


Version 1.0 (report and spreadsheet) was released in December 2002, prepared by NCASI for ICFPA and accepted for use under the WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol. It contains default approaches and emission factors applicable to an international audience.

In Summer 2005, both the report and spreadsheet were updated to conform to the updated WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol resulting in report version 1.1 and spreadsheet version 1.2a. This version of the report also contains new or expanded guidance on a number of topics.

In late 2008, the spreadsheet version 1.3 was updated to conform to the 2006 revised IPCC guidelines for National GHG Inventories. 


 


Version 1.1
last updated
Nov 2003
 


This version of the spreadsheet is essentially
the same as Version 1.0 except that it has a
user-friendly data entry interface. NCASI prepared a User’s Manual for this version of the spreadsheet, but for more detailed guidance users should refer to the the report (Version 1.1). 


 


Version 2.1a
last updated
Nov 2004
 


This version of the spreadsheet includes the user-friendly interface and contains default emission factors and reporting formats that conform to the requirements of the Department of Energy (DOE) program for Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases (the 1605(b) program). It includes a User’s Manual and Quick Start Guide, but for more detailed guidance, users should refer to the report (Version 1.1) and DOE’s 1605(b) guidance. 


 


Version 3.3
last updated
Nov 2013
 

 
These tools were designed specifically for Canadian facilities. The spreadsheet is appropriate for developing estimates to satisfy Canadian reporting requirements and contains emission factors, fuel property characteristics, and physical unit conversion factors drawn from the most recent Canadian Standards Association (CSA) GHG Challenge Registry guidance (formerly the Canadian Voluntary Challenge and Registry, or VCR). The spreadsheet has a user-friendly interface and a Quick Start Guide. It was updated in November 2013 to bring it into compliance with the November 2, 2013, Canada Gazette notice.  

GHG Calculation Tools for Wood Products Facilities

 

Report  

Spreadsheet 

Description 


Version 1.0
last updated August 2005
 


Version 1.0a
last updated
April 2009
 


These are the original calculation tools for wood products facilities and have been accepted for use under the WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol. 


 


Version 3.3
last updated
Nov 2013
 


This user-friendly version of the tool was designed specifically for Canadian facilities, with NCASI data entry forms. The spreadsheet is appropriate for developing estimates to satisfy Canadian reporting requirements and contains emission factors, fuel property characteristics, and physical unit conversion factors drawn from the most recent Canadian Standards Association (CSA) GHG Challenge Registry guidance (formerly the Canadian Voluntary Challenge and Registry, or VCR). The spreadsheet has a user-friendly interface and a Quick Start Guide. It was updated in November 2013 to bring it into compliance with the November 2, 2013, Canada Gazette notice. This version is available to NCASI members only.