The U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions offers cutting-edge methodologies and best practices to help local governments measure and report the emissions associated with their communities. This new guidance enables U.S. cities and counties to include forests and trees within their greenhouse gas emissions accounting, a key activity to ensure representation of local forestry and land use consideration in climate action planning.
Cities4Forests recommends the U.S. Community Protocol as it provides first-of-its-kind guidance to help cities include trees and forests in their GHG accounting. City officials outside of the United States that are interested in applying this analysis should reach out to the contact, who is looking at expanding the guidance to international locations.
Input Data Required
Available inventories of greenhouse gas emissions
Estimate of urban greenhouse gas emissions inventory for trees and forests
Past Use Cases
The protocol was piloted with Montgomery County, Maryland; Los Angeles County, California; and Whatcom County, Washington. Read more in the guide.