The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute’s Research Program conducts forward-looking independent research. Pairing the unique expert experience of its staff and faculty with the dynamism of its extensive practitioner network, GHGMI’s Research Program provides insight on foundational areas of climate policy and the practice of environmental management.
In keeping with the Institute’s goal of supporting the development of the social infrastructure necessary to effectively implement future climate change policies at all levels (e.g., from the consumer to international treaty compliance), the Institute’s Research Program operates to extend the reach of scholarly research to GHG management. Scientific inquiry is necessary to guide long-term planning and investment, with respect to the design of the GHG-related performance metrics and quality assurance systems (the foundation of GHG mitigation policies and measures). The Institute’s Research Program was established to foster and catalyze inquiry through discussion papers and facilitating intelligent discourse through peer-reviewed publishing and workshops.
The unifying theme of the Research Program is implementation. Whereas much of today’s research on climate change has focused on climate science (e.g., atmospheric science and impacts) or policy mechanism design issues (e.g., the economics of cap and trade), this series considers the questions that arise when attention turns to the challenge of policy implementation. The series provides an invaluable spark for what has to date been a largely silent conversation, one whose framing demands a greater imperative when viewed against a background of global society beginning to attempt to implement policy on a scale exceeding any before attempted.
The Institute’s researchers and faculty are GHG measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) specialists and experts in GHG management issues who share a dynamic conviction for the importance of capacity building.
The Institute is unique in the field of GHG measurement and management, arguably ahead of its time in terms of the problems it is addressing. However, it was founded to address this paucity of thought leadership and its Research Program is characterized by its commitment in investigating, confronting, and pushing these issues from the dark corners of academia and technocracy to the mainstream. Our projects include:
- The Institute’s flagship research venue is Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Earthscan with an international and independent editorial board.
- The annual Greenhouse Gas and Climate Change Workforce Needs Assessment Survey.
- The consensus-based research reports from the Offset Quality Initiative, of which the Institute is a founding member.
- Discussion papers and briefing reports
- The Carbon Offset Research and Education (CORE) Initiative