Climate change is increasingly becoming an issue of critical importance to business. Many companies are seeking to manage their exposure to climate risks and realize the growing opportunities through developing a carbon management strategy.
The first step in managing carbon emissions is to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to measure your carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is the total set of GHG emissions caused directly and indirectly by your business. Understanding your carbon footprint will help identify the major sources of GHG emissions, and assist in their management and reduction over time. With the ability to measure emissions by developing a GHG inventory, you will play a critical role in promoting sustainability for your company.
Globally, 3,000 organizations in 60 countries voluntarily measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and climate change strategies through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
The largest North American Provinces and States have established climate-risk management programs. California has announced a GHG cap-and-trade program. The program is a central element of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32)and covers major sources of GHG emissions in the State such as refineries, power plants, industrial facilities, and transportation fuels. The regulation includes an enforceable GHG cap that will decline over time.
In 2009 the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of the Environment (MOE) filed O. Reg. 452/09 – the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation, under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). The regulation was accompanied by guidelines regarding GHG reporting requirements. The regulation went into effect on January 1, 2010.
Ontario has also announced that the Ministry will develop a program to encourage voluntary reporting. This is in anticipation of inclusion of many emitters in future emerging North America–wide requirements, with which Ontario will likely align.
Internationally, as more organizations and countries, including Mexico in April of 2012, move toward regulation of GHG emissions, thousands of carbon-intensive facilities in each of those countries will be required to measure and report their carbon footprint.
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Ontario’s Regulation for Public Agencies
Regulation 397/11 under the Green Energy Act came into force January 1, 2012 requiring public agencies to report their annual energy use and GHG emissions to the Ministry of Energy by July 1, 2013. In addition, public agencies will need to develop five-year energy conservation and demand management (CDM) plans by July 1, 2014. Public agencies must make their annual energy reports and five-year energy CDM plans publically available on their websites and in hard copy.
The regulation effects public agencies:
- municipal service boards (for water/sewage pumping and treatment operations)
- school boards
This course covers the principles and process of preparing a facility or company-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. Participants will become very familiar with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard, ISO 14064-1 and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute Greenhouse Gas Protocol. These standards have become the foundation for most regulated and voluntary GHG reporting systems in North America.
This course will be beneficial for people intending prepare a GHG inventory as well as those people intending to understand the process for developing a GHG inventory with the goal of becoming a GHG verifier (additional courses specifically focused on GHG verification are available).
Through a series of modules containing instructor presentations and interactive activities and case studies, participants will learn GHG accounting principles, the inventory development process, quantification of GHG emissions and the requirements for GHG reporting and preparing for verification.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- plan and prepare a GHG inventory
- calculating GHG emissions
- designing GHG inventory quality management processes
- prepare all documentation necessary for asserting a GHG report.
No Pre-requisite is required and you need not have an environmental background. Your in-class experience will be supplemented with required and recommended reading prior to the start of the course.
A Certificate of Achievement from the University of Toronto, School of the Environment is issued on completion of this course.
jurisdictions around the world. A large focus of this activity is to mitigate greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions with discrete projects. GHG projects that are quantified,
monitored and reported using recognized standards, such as the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard, ISO 14064-2, may result in a commoditized “credit” that is traded
in regulatory and voluntary schemes.
This course covers the principles and process of preparing a GHG
project. Participants will become very familiar with ISO 14064-2 and the World Business Council for
Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol for Project Accounting.
Anyone intending to develop or manage GHG projects will benefit from
the information and interactive exercises in this course. People intending to become a GHG verifier
will also benefit from this course (additional courses specifically focused on
GHG verification are available).
Through a series of modules containing instructor presentations and
interactive activities and case studies, participants will learn GHG project accounting
principles, establishing a baseline and project scenario to compare GHG
emissions, quantification of GHG project emissions, requirements for GHG project
reporting, and preparing for verification.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- develop a GHG project plan
- quantify GHG project emissions design a GHG project quality management process
- prepare documentation necessary to report an emission reduction achieved from a GHG project
- distinguish between the most well-known offset registries in North
emissions are driving many organizations to reduce their GHG emissions, using
independent, third-party verifiers to measure and verify their GHG emissions as
part of an overall strategy that could lead to becoming net carbon neutral.
This course will provide detailed training on the
approach to using the ISO 14064-3 standard, with specific examples of how
verification would be applied to a GHG inventory prepared according to the ISO
14064-1 standard, or a project that conforms with the ISO 14064-2 standard. An
overview of GHG Inventory and Project accounting (following ISO 14064-1, ISO
14064-2, respectively) is also provided.
The core value of this course is to emphasize the need for
accuracy and consistency with GHG verification as requirements become more
rigorous and industry progresses from voluntary reporting towards regulatory
The course includes interactive team-based exercises, a
detailed case study (to reinforce key concepts throughout the course), and
This course will cover the principles and process of
greenhouse gas (GHG) validation and verification for both GHG inventories and
GHG emission reduction reports. Students will be become very familiar with the
ISO standard and the implementation of the standard within both regulatory and
voluntary GHG programs.
By the end of the course, students should be competent
planning and conducting GHG validations and verifications including preparing
all necessary documentation and evaluation of evidence. This course will be
beneficial for people intending to conduct GHG validations and verifications as
well as people who are preparing a GHG
The objectives of this training course are to:
• Introduce the concepts of GHG validation and verification at the organization
(inventory) and project
(emission reduction) levels
• Practice the process of conducting GHG validations and verifications that
adhere to the ISO standard
• Introduce the documentation and record requirements of the ISO standard and
various GHG programs
By the end of this training course, the student should be able to:
• Explain the difference between GHG validations and verification and the
difference between the
requirements of the ISO standard and GHG programs
• Define the scope of validations and verifications, including the level of
assurance, materiality, intended
user, responsible party, and discrepancies
• Develop verification activities to address validation and verification risks
• Apply sampling methodologies to select an appropriate sample size for
• Prepare a verification plan and sampling plan
• Evaluate a GHG assertion and supporting evidence, including evaluating GHG
systems and controls and
discrepancies found in a GHG assertion
• Produce the necessary documentation to support a GHG verification
• Understand the record retention requirements for a GHG verification and the
process to handle facts determined after a verification is complete