The Los Angeles-based Climate Registry has released new protocols that local governments can use to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the Registry. The Registry assists local governments in creating emissions inventories that can be compared with other communities' emissions inventories.

The LGO Protocol addresses local governments' specific processes for measuring emissions from the activities and facilities that fall under their jurisdictions, including transit fleets, vehicle fleets, power generation facilities, port facilities, airport facilities, street lights and traffic signals, water delivery facilities, waste water facilities, solid waste facilities, buildings and other facilities and other fugitive emissions. The protocol was jointly created between the Registry, the California Climate Action Registry, California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Oakland, Calif.-based ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability.

The Registry seeks to set standards that ensure the integrity of emissions reporting, said Executive Director of ICLEI USA Michelle Wyman. "ICLEI strongly endorses local governments to use the highest standards provided in the Local Government Operations Protocol to accurately and comprehensively measure their greenhouse gas emissions," Wyman said.

View more information on the LGO Protocol.