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Estimating Greenhouse Gases (GHG)

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

Course Outline

This eight hour course provides valuable information for those individuals who participate in the operations and management of organizations and any other individual who is required to estimate GHG emissions.  Completion of this course will provide the student the necessary information and testing to meet the continuing education requirements in order to renew their licenses.  It was designed by an instructor who has developed and implemented numerous similar training courses. 

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is any professional who is involved in the operation and management of organizations that are looking to reduce greenhouse gases and any other individual who must estimate GHG emissions and establish a carbon footprint.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendees of this course will under stand how to estimate GHG emissions from the generation of electricity and how to develop a carbon footprint inventory.

Course Introduction

In response to a scientific consensus linking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activities to global climate change, many organizations are looking inwards to identify opportunities to reduce GHG emissions not only from their operations, but also from the electricity they purchase from outside utilities.. Organizations can inventory the emissions from their operations in order to track their performance and ensure that their actions do reduce GHG emissions, but how do they estimate the GHG.  This is extremely important given the cap and trade legislation being considered by the US Congress. 

The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard helps companies and other organizations to identify, calculate, and report GHG emissions. It is designed to set the standard for accurate, complete, consistent, relevant and transparent accounting and reporting of GHG emissions by companies and organizations, including information on setting organizational and operational boundaries, tracking emissions over time, and reporting emissions. It also provides guidance on GHG accounting and reporting principles, business goals and inventory design, managing inventory quality, accounting for GHG reductions, verification of GHG emissions, and setting a GHG target.

This course is deigned to provide a standardized method for quantifying and reporting GHG emissions associated industrial operations.

Course Content

This course is based upon the following documents:

GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard

Greenhouse Gas Protocol for Project Accounting

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Course Summary

This course discusses how to estimate GHG emissions.

Related Links

For additional information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

US Environmental Protection Agency

World Resources Institute


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.