What is GHG Accounting? Further Thoughts on Responsibility & Causation

November 20, 2023, by Michael Gillenwater

Installment N.3 bis FORWARD This installment supplements the previous installment on emissions allocation. Here I address two conceptual hurdles that you may be struggling to jump over—responsibility and causation. Understanding …

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What is Greenhouse Gas Accounting? Allocation rules

October 11, 2023, by Michael Gillenwater

Installment N.3 Foreword If you have not yet read the previous installments Number 1 and Number 2 in this series, I encourage you to do so before proceeding. You can …

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Can states meet their climate goals without a reliable GHG inventory?

September 8, 2023, by Olga Lyandres

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report calls for net zero CO2 emissions by early 2050s to limit warming to 1.5oC. As a result, many U.S. states …

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Exploring life-cycle assessment resources: Help for your Scope 3 GHG accounting

May 10, 2023, by Roel Hammerschlag

The Revised Edition of the GHG Protocol was published[1] in 2004 (“Corporate Standard”) and it continues to be the foundation of corporate GHG accounting today. The Corporate Standard defines Scope 3 …

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What is Greenhouse Gas Accounting? Fitting to Purposes

March 8, 2023, by Michael Gillenwater

Installment N.2 This post is the second installment in a series on conceptual issues in greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting—issues that are at the root of the current dysfunction in corporate …

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What is Greenhouse Gas Accounting? Furnishing definitions

March 1, 2023, by Michael Gillenwater

Installment N.1 What is greenhouse gas (GHG), or more commonly labeled, carbon accounting? Do a quick web search (or treacherously ask ChatGPT) and you will get a load of vague …

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Can market-based climate policy deliver environmental justice outcomes?

February 23, 2023, by Tani Colbert-Sangree

A look “under-the-hood” in the U.S. State of Washington A long debate played out in Washington State in 2021 regarding a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cap-and-trade program similar to California’s. …

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The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard…The dog that caught the car?

December 16, 2022, by Michael Gillenwater

If your work involves issues of corporate sustainability or carbon offset markets, then here is news that you should be aware of. The WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol Corporate Standard and associated …

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What are emission factors? And where can I find them?

October 31, 2022, by Tani Colbert-Sangree

If you’re a greenhouse gas (GHG) expert, you know emission factors (EFs) are an essential input to your work in carbon accounting. While performing emissions calculations you have surely experienced …

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You are not buying green, or really any, electrons!

July 7, 2022, by Michael Gillenwater

Note: This is an updated version of a post originally published in 2013. How do you envision our electric grid works? It is probably that electricity, in the form of …

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