This podcast shares insights on the foundational concepts inherent in GHG emissions reporting.
The GHG Protocol has been one of the most widely used sustainability reporting frameworks for companies reporting GHG emissions information. With the evolution of the sustainability reporting landscape, including the adoption of regulatory sustainability reporting frameworks both in the United States and globally, the criticality of GHG emissions information and the GHG Protocol is reinforced by its incorporation in the primary sustainability reporting frameworks.
In this episode, host Heather Horn sits down with Marcin Olewinski, a PwC Trust Solutions partner, to unpack some of the fundamental judgments in GHG emissions reporting as companies prepare for the shift from a voluntary to mandatory reporting environment.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
  • 00:44 - An overview of the prominence of GHG emissions reporting across jurisdictions, including the impact of the evolution in the regulatory landscape
  • 2:24 - A discussion of the key concepts and definitions that are foundational to GHG emissions reporting, including:
    • 3:01 - An overview of scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions
    • 10:30 - A breakdown of organizational and operational boundaries
    • 14:15 - Insights on practical challenges companies face in establishing the reporting boundary and preparing a GHG emissions inventory
  • 16:05 - A refresher on the key differences in organizational boundaries among the sustainability reporting frameworks and advice for companies subject to multiple frameworks
  • 18:50 - Considerations for companies establishing policies, processes, and controls to collect and aggregate data across its own operations and its value chain as a starting point for a GHG emissions inventory that is complete and accurate
  • 27:59 - A discussion of the importance of consistency and reliability of input data as it relates to both activity data and emissions factors, including advice for companies navigating this reporting journey

For more information, read our Navigating the ESG landscape publication as well as our comment letter to the GHG protocol. Additionally, note that this podcast was recorded prior to issuance of the SEC climate disclosure rules on March 6. Stay tuned for more content specific to the SEC rules. Lastly, follow this podcast on your favorite podcast app for more episodes.
About our guest
Marcin Olewinski is a partner in PwC’s Trust Solutions practice, with over 20 years of experience bringing valued perspectives and insights to large clients in the energy sector. Additionally, he is focused extensively within PwC’s National Office on greenhouse gas and sustainability reporting.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
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