1990 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publishes first assessment report
1992 Earth Summit, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiated
1994 The UNFCCC entered into force
1995 IPCC publishes second assessment report
1997 Kyoto Protocol negotiated
2001 IPCC publishes third assessment report
2001 World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) publishes initial GHG Protocol corporate accounting standard
2002 E-learning training program launched by the UNFCCC for GHG inventory compliance expert review teams, developed and taught by future staff of GHG Management Institute
2004 Experts at ClimateCHECK develop training courses for GHG verification and GHG accounting based on ISO 14064 and GHG Protocol
2005 Kyoto Protocol entered into force
2005 WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol for Project Accounting published
2006 GHG Experts Network launched with funding by UNDP as a precursor to the GHG Management Institute
2006 Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) begins operation
Early 2007 The leaders of ClimateCHECK, the GHG Experts Network, and GoVida e-Learning begin discussions on formation of a global training and professional institute for GHG experts. Earth Council Geneva with support the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency contributes to help finance pilot course.
2007 – 2011 GHG Management Institute organizes an advisory board to provide strategic guidance and serve as a thoughtful sounding board for the Institute during the initial period following the launch of the Institute
2007 IPCC publishes fourth assessment report
June 2007 GHG Management Institute incorporated as a nonprofit organization
November 2007 GHG Management Institute publicly launched!
November 2007 Carbon Disclosure Project signs partnership agreement with GHG Management Institute
November 2007 Offset Quality Initiative (OQI) launched with the GHG Management Institute as a founding member
December 2007 World Resources Institute signs partnership agreement with GHG Management Institute
Summer 2008 GHG Management Institute selected by Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to develop accreditation system and mandatory training program for RGGI verifiers
October 2008 GHG Management Institute partners with Point Carbon to develop global online training program on carbon markets.
November 2008 GHG Management Institute partners with World Bank to develop global training program on CDM and Joint Implementation (JI)
November 2008 The UN’s Joint Implementation programme selects the GHG Management Institute to develop training program for verifier accreditation panels
January 2009 RGGI cap-and-trade program begins
February 2009 GHG Management Institute and Sequence Staffing release 2009 Greenhouse Gas and Climate Change Workforce Needs Assessment Survey Report
March 2009 GHG Management Institute trains Standards Council of Canada assessors on ISO 14064 and 14065
Fall 2009 GHG Management Institute partners with Harvard University Extension School to teach graduate course in sustainability, GHG management and accounting.
November 2009 GHG Management Institute launches new global membership program and publishes its first biennial report.
2010 The Institute launches Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management, the leading peer-reviewed scholarly journal for researchers and professionals (published by Taylor & Francis).
November 2010 GHGMI publishes their 2009 base year GHG emissions inventory report.
2011 The Institute publishes its first emissions inventory showing emissions less than half that of other peer organizations and showing the effectiveness of its virtual organization model.
2012 The Institute launches the world’s first and only professional certification for GHG practitioners—the EP(GHG)—accredited to ISO standards in partnership with Environmental Careers Organization of Canada.
2013 The Institute opens offices in Europe and Asia.
2014 A groundbreaking course series on the IPCC Guidelines is launched providing the first globally accessible, deeply rigorous, and comprehensive training resource on GHG measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) methodologies.
2015 The GHGMM journal merges with Carbon Management journal to form a combined larger scholarly peer-reviewed publication.
2016 The Carbon Institute is launched as an initiative of GHGMI, focused on government-academic partnerships in terrestrial carbon accounting education. It is awarded a €2M grant from the German government.
2016 The Paris Agreement enters into force. The Institute devotes expanded efforts to engage in country-driven capacity building initiatives.
2016 The Institute convenes and organizes the Coalition on Paris Agreement Capacity Building. The Coalition publishes a globally circulated strategy document to accelerate and coordinate effort to help 196 countries strengthen their institutional capacity and workforce.
2017 GHGMI continues to expand its academic partnerships. An accredited Graduate Certificate in GHG Management from The George Washington University is launched.
2017 The Carbon Institute wins the Mulago conservation fellowship for social entrepreneurs.
2018 GHGMI launches, jointly with the UNFCCC secretariat, the Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub with a €3M grant from the German government and additional cofinancing from UNDP/UNEP Global Support Programme. GHGMI also begins implementing the first approved project under the GEF Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) in Kenya.
2018 GHGMI launches new non-profit organization office in Italy, based in Roma.
2019 In a joint activity with the UNFCCC, GHGMI delivers its single largest online cohort of learners to-date through its Education Program, training 1000 developing country national experts from around the world in the IPCC Guidelines.
2020 GHGMI now has alumni in 187 countries (8 short of every country in the world) and over 11,500 members. GHGMI and Stockholm Environment Institute jointly launch groundbreaking online guide on purchasing high-quality carbon offset credits and broader carbon management strategies for organizations at
February 2023 GHGMI publishes their 2019 GHG emissions inventory report.