Carbon Markets & Accounting Certificate

Training in Carbon Markets and Accounting

NYIT’s Department of Extended Education is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute whose mission is to train and support a global society of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) professionals in the fields of GHG measurement, accounting, auditing and management.   This online program includes two courses, Basics of Organizational GHG Accounting and Basics of Project-Level GHG Accounting.  For more information please visit http://ghginstitute.org/nyit/ .

All online classes are self-paced and classes are accessible 24 hours/day.  Students can log into a course at any given time.  Class discussions take place within forums and you will receive e-mail notifications when new material is posted.  It typically takes a student 16-20 hours to complete a course.  This is equivalent to a traditional 3 to 4 day intensive training wiorkshop.  You may find, based upon your background and interest that it takes you more or less time than we estimate.

The GHG Management Institute utilizes an online e-learning format to keep costs down and enable us to have a global reach as large as the internet itself. E-learning allows you to take a course without traveling and as your personal schedule permits. Online courses have a proven track record in public and private institutions. The U.S. Department of Education has compiled a report titled Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning, and the findings indicated that e-learning can actually out perform typical classroom learning. Click  http://ghginstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Dept.ofEducationReport.pdf to view their report. And as an added bonus, you avoid emissions from traveling to class.

 

201 Basics of Organizational GHG Accounting

Many organizations are starting to think about how to manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for a number of reasons: to minimize their impact on the planet, to prepare for regulation and address evolving disclosure requirements, to increase energy efficiency and/or to build their profile as an environmental leader.

Building an inventory of your sources and emissions (e.g., carbon footprint) is an essential first step to assessing risks, reducing emissions and tracking your performance.

This training course will cover the basics of GHG accounting for organizations. The course materials are based on the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, while referring to the ISO 14064: Part 1 international standard for GHG inventories. A personal ISO 14064: Part 1 license is issued to each learner as part of this course.

Learners can also choose to take an optional section that covers reporting to The Climate Registry and provides practical experience using The Registry's General Reporting Protocol.

The material taught in this course serves as the basis for almost all of the entity-level GHG reporting programs in the world, such as:

Carbon Disclosure Project

  • U.S. DOE/EIA 1605(b) program
  • The Climate Registry
  • Mexico GHG Program
  • Philippine GHG Accounting & Reporting Program

The course includes quizzes and exercises that will help you apply key lessons and principles.

A Certificate of Proficiency is availableand  requires the passing of an exam after completion of the course.

Learners who complete The Climate Registry course module can opt to take The Climate Registry exam and receive a Certificate of Proficiency in both the BAsics of organizational GHG Accounting and Reporting to The Climate Registry.

Key Concepts

  1. GHG accounting principles
  2. Defining applications for GHG inventories
  3. Design and development of GHG inventories
  4. Establishing GHG boundaries for an organization
  5. Identifying emission sources
  6. Tracking emissions over time, recalculations and establishing a base year
  7. Setting GHG reduction targets
  8. Inventory quality management
  9. Preparing a GHG inventory report
  10. Preparing for verification
  11. Optional- Reporting emissions according to The Climate Registry's General Reporting Protocol

Course Lessons

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Business Applications
  3. Organizational Boundaries
  4. Operational Boundaries
  5. Tracking, Calculating, Reporting and Managing
  6. Data Collection and Calculation
  7. Additional Technical Issues
  8. Inventory Quality Management
  9. Elements of GHG Inventory Reports
  10. Next Steps
  11. Optional- Reporting to The Climate Registry

Who should attend:  Anyone with an interest in carbon management, in particular GHG inventory managers, corporate environmental and sustainability managers, investors and auditors.  For example, a client says he wants his company to be "carbon neutral" and you are asked to help them understand their carbon footprint.  this course will enable you to intelligently address the issues necessary to assess this organization's GHG emissions.

Approximate number of working hours to complete: 16 to 20 or with The Climate Registry's module 20 to 24

Availability: Within 3-4 business days following enrollmetn payment received.

202 Basics of Project-Level GHG Accounting

Many companies and other organizations are taking action to manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a cause of climate change.  Projects can reduce or avoid GHG emissions that cause climate change.  These actions can reduce the overall emissions of a company or create tradable credits to offset emissions in order to become carbon neutral.

Although no universally accepted GHG project accounting standard yet exists, many GHG programs have similar accounting requirements.  The Greenhouse Gas Management Insitute does not promote any particular standards or protocols, instead providing training on the requirements of the most widely accepted GHG standards at present.

This training course will cover the basics of GHG accounting for projects.  The course materail build upon ISo 14064: Part 2 GHG Standard for Projects and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol for Projects.  A personal ISO 14064: Part 2 license is issued to each learner as part of this course.

The material taught in this course serves as the basis for many GHG offset crediting programs, such as

  • Verified Carbon Standard
  • UN Clean Development Mechanism
  • Alberta Offset System

This course includes quizzes and exercises to help you learn to apply key lessons.

A Certificate of Proficiency is available and requires the passing of an exam after completion of the course.

Key Concepts covered include:

  1. GHG accounting principles
  2. Defining applications for GHG projects
  3. Design and development of GHG projects
  4. Indentifying sources, sinks and reservoirs and establishing GHG boundaries for the project and the baseline.
  5. Determining the baseline
  6. Quantifying GHG emissions
  7. Monitoring GHG emissions
  8. Managing data quality
  9. Preparing a GHG project report
  10. Preparing for verification

Course Lessons

  1. Introduction to GHG Projects and Project Level Accounting
  2. GHG Project Standards, Protocols and Programs
  3. Introduction to Key Concepts and Accounting Processes
  4. Describing the Project, Determining Project Boundaries and Indentifying Leakages
  5. Determining the Baseline of a GHG Project
  6. Quantifying GHG Emissions or Removals
  7. Monitoring and Data Management for GHG Projects
  8. Documentation, Validation and Verification of GHG Projects

Who should attend:  Anyone with an interest in GHG management and in particular GHG project developers and inventory managers, corporate environmental and sustainability managers, investors and auditors.

Approximate number of working hours to complete: 16 to 20 over a one month period

Availability: Within 3-4 business days following enrollment payment received.

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