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501 IPCC: Introduction to Cross-Cutting Issues


This course is a rigorous introduction to the Institute’s series on greenhouse gas inventories using the 2006 IPCC Guidelines. You will learn the fundamental processes and techniques for compiling an inventory of GHG emissions and removals before you learn to estimate emissions and removals from specific sectors and activities in the other courses in this series.

Course Lessons:

  1. Course introduction
  2. Introduction to GHG inventory guidelines
  3. Approaches to data collection
  4. Uncertainties
  5. Methodological choice and identification of key categories
  6. Time series consistency
  7. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Verification
  8. GHG inventory tools
  • The course includes quizzes and exercises to help you learn to apply key lessons.

Approximate number of working hours to complete: 40

Recommended Effort:  3-5 hours a day over the course of 5-8 days, depending on your goals.  More time may be needed to complete important exercises in Lessons 4 & 5.

Availability: This course is available online, 24/7

Level: Introductory

Languages: English, French y Spanish

Certificate of Proficiency: Yes, available and requires the passing of an exam for an additional fee.

Who should attend:  This course is designed for anyone using, developing or working with greenhouse emissions and removal estimation and GHG inventories. It is recommended that you have some prior knowledge of technical and policy matters related to climate change (i.e., basic concepts of climate science, greenhouse gases, radiative forcing, etc.). But it is not necessary to have extensive prior experience in GHG inventories or GHG accounting. Upon completion, you will have expert level knowledge and skills necessary to use and/or prepare GHG inventories.

Course Applicability:  A unique aspect of this series of courses is that it is applicable to all GHG measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) programs and accounting frameworks, including:

  • National
  • Sub-national (province, state, municipality)
  • Sectoral/program/policy (NAMAs, REDD+)
  • Entity (organization, company, or individual)
  • Product/Supply chain/Technology (life-cycle)
  • Facility/Installation
  • Project/Activity

The course was developed by the GHG Management Institute with the support of the USAID Low Emission Asian Development (LEAD) program.


Olia Glade

Olia is the Director for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Systems, bringing the expertise in natural science, education, greenhouse gas reporting and review under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, and …

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