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311 GHG Accounting for Landfill Methane Projects


Reducing methane emissions from landfills is a cost-effective way to contribute to efforts to address climate change. Landfill methane (LM) projects are growing in popularity and are gradually becoming an important source of offsets. This course provides information and guidance, as well as technical descriptions, on accounting for GHG reductions, project emissions and displacement from LM projects, which will help you:

  • Understand landfill gas operations and how they relate to LM emissions
  • Recognize methods of LM extraction and opportunities for methane mitigation
  • Identify end-use options for LM and methods for calculating resulting GHG emission reductions and project emissions

The information provided in this course originates from credible international sources including:

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Guidelines for National GHG Inventories by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects

This course draws on all of these resources and provides guidance specifically on how to account for and document GHG reductions, project emissions, and emission reductions as a result of displacement of more carbon-intensive energy sources.

The course includes quizzes and exercises to help you learn to apply key lessons. A Certificate of Proficiency is available and requires the passing of an exam for an additional fee.

Key concepts covered include:

  • GHG standards and programs
  • LM GHG project accounting
  • Defining a LM project
  • Establishing the baseline scenario and selecting relevant GHGs
  • Quantifying emissions and removals
  • Monitoring, documenting and reporting

Approximate number of working hours to complete: 8 to 10

Availability: This course is available online 24/7


Tani Colbert-Sangree

Tani joined GHGMI in the summer of 2019 and supports the organization as a Project Manager. His expertise covers carbon offsets, Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, GHG verification, GHG …

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