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312 GHG Accounting for Coal Mine Methane Projects


Coal mine methane (CMM) projects are an important source of offsets and there are a number of GHG accounting standards for a variety of offset programs. This course provides guidance to help you navigate these programs, as well as comprehensive and detailed technical instruction on accounting for GHG reductions, project emissions, and displacement at CMM projects:

  • Understand coal mining as it relates to CMM emissions
  • Recognize methods of CMM extraction and opportunities for methane mitigation
  • Identify end-use options for CMM and methods for calculating resulting GHG emission reductions and project emissions using various methodologies
  • Document and report CMM emission reductions as prescribed by different methodologies
  • Utilize effective monitoring and recordkeeping procedures at a CMM project, facilitating verification and production of fungible offset credits

There are a wide variety of GHG programs that include CMM projects as emission reductions and thus provide some guidance on CMM GHG accounting. For instance:

  • 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
  • Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)
  • Greenhouse Gas Services (GHGS)
  • The Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS)
  • California Climate Action Registry (CCAR)

The CMM-related guidance provided in these programs ranges in terms of purpose, scope, and specificity. This course draws on all of these resources and provides comprehensive 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
  • CMM GHG project accounting using CDM, GHGS, and other methodologies
  • Defining a CMM project
  • Establishing the baseline scenario and selecting relevant GHGs
  • Quantifying emissions and removals
  • Monitoring, documenting and reporting

Who should take this course:

Anyone with an interest in understanding GHG accounting for CMM projects, in particular project developers, consultants, auditors, program administrators and investors.

Approximate number of working hours to complete: 16-20

Availability: This course is available 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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