City, state, and regional governments are addressing climate change by measuring their jurisdictional GHG emissions, adopting emission reduction targets, and enacting a range of policies and regulatory measures to reduce emissions. To support these efforts, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute partners with subnational governments to improve systems for measurement, reporting, and verification of GHG emissions and emissions reductions. This work includes developing guidance materials, delivering training programs, and advising on the development of a GHG inventory management process. Members of the GHGMI team bring a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences, including hands-on experience working on municipal and state government GHG inventories, as well as state and regional regulatory programs.

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Is your city, state, or region looking to improve its ability to measure, report, or verify GHG emissions? Contact us to learn more about how our subnational capacity building can assist you in defining, addressing, and enhancing your GHG programs.

GHG Inventory Development

GHGMI’s technical support for GHG inventory management establishes a foundation for an institutionally sustainable GHG inventory, rather than a one-time research study. This approach integrates a focus on capacity building in applied GHG quantification and management and involves building internal knowledge and skills to improve understanding of GHG quantification methodologies, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Our approach is based upon our extensive experience working with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guiding governments around the world in establishing GHG information management systems and improving national and sub-national GHG inventory processes.

The goal of our approach is to develop, with government climate change teams, the data collection processes, methods, tools, and skills that consistently produce transparent, accurate, complete, and comparable, (IPCC TACCC principles) inventory estimates. The outcome of such an approach is that the analysis can be replicated year after year by current and future inventory teams. Our specialized assistance is designed to match the technical and staff capacity anticipated for future years with the intention of pragmatically minimizing the reliance upon one-time contractors to prepare subnational inventories. GHGMI further supplements staff capacity building with online courses on data management and IPCC methods provided through GHGMI’s education program.

Read our recent blog Can states meet their climate goals without a reliable GHG inventory?
Working closely with the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Ecology, GHGMI developed a natural and working lands (NWL) inventory data collection and methodological framework for spatially and temporally explicit data on carbon stocks and sequestration in Washington. This included piloting the NWL framework for grassland and shrub steppe in Washington, and producing an inventory and associated inventory manual. Our technical support was focused on helping them build an institutionally sustainable GHG inventory program within their departments, rather than a one-time research study.

Verifier Accreditation Training

Working in partnership with state regulators, GHGMI develops state-specific verifier training programs designed to provide professionals with specialized knowledge and skills required to effectively assess and verify GHG emissions for compliance with various state regulatory programs. With an increasing focus on reducing GHG emissions, the demand for qualified verifiers who can ensure accuracy and integrity of data is paramount.

As an implementing partner to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), GHGMI and our project partner The Climate Registry, developed and delivered CARB’s LCFS Verifier Accreditation Training and Offset Training programs. Our trainings cover the key aspects of GHG assessment and verification specific to the state’s regulatory programs. Participants learn about relevant state regulations, reporting requirements, and compliance obligations. Through a combination of expert instruction, interactive sessions, practical exercises, and examinations, participants gain hands-on experience conducting GHG emissions assessments, verifying emissions data, and preparing verification reports that meet state regulatory standards.

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Online Training

Tracking GHG emissions is fundamental to implementing effective climate action. Subnational governments should be equipped to understand the process of emissions tracking to prioritize climate actions and enhance the design of their emissions reduction strategies. Our online course, 204 Basics of Subnational GHG Accounting, is a relied upon resource for subnational governments, empowering them to train their staff in GHG emissions tracking.

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