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University of Toronto, School of the Environment

Certificate in Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Accounting and Reporting

Course Dates
Calgary, Alberta: September 9-10,2013
Collingwood, Ontario: October 17-18, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia: November 7-8,2013

Carbon Accounting - A New Profession 

Climate change has become an issue of critical importance to business. Many companies are seeking to manage their exposure to climate risks and realize the growing opportunities through developing a carbon management strategy.  

One of the challenges in implementing this strategy is how to determine the competency of staff and/or consultants engaged to compile GHG inventories. Another is how to evaluate the credentials of staff and consultants who provide GHG professional services. Who is qualified to quantify and verify GHG reports?

A certified GHG Quantifier mitigates these concerns by engaging professionals who have earned a personnel certification to a program that has been developed through an impartial, independent and industry-supported process. These professional credentials validate that an individual has the knowledge, skills and competencies to reduce an organization's carbon footprint. 

By employing ISO 14064 for determining GHG emission boundaries, quantifying an organization's GHG emissions and in identifying specific company actions or activities aimed at improving GHG management, the learner will gain the knowledge to reduce your company's carbon footprint.

The University of Toronto's Certificate in GHG Inventory, Accounting and Reporting is a 2-day course which includes the requirements of inventory quantification, quality management and reporting, and is based on key protocols and standards such as the World Resources Institute / World Business Council on Sustainable Development's Greenhouse Gas Protocol. This course is also supplemented with a fully online forum, allowing students and the instructor to engage in discussions related to program concepts and course material as well as examination topics.  This forum will provide the student with additional course support leading up to the CSA GHG-IQ exam.

The Course - Objectives and Outcomes

Following rigorous guidelines and objectives in the development of this course, we are the only academic institution worldwide approved by CSA as a designated preparatory course provider to the internationally recognized CSA Standards GHG Inventory Quantifier (GHG-IQ) examination.  

In this course you will review all examination topics including the fundamentals of planning, calculating, managing and reporting GHG inventories through practical examples.  

As a qualified candidate, you will learn to how to perform greenhouse gas inventory quantification activities including:

Understand the principles of direct and indirect emissions sources.
Create spreadsheets or use similar organizational-specific tools to create a GHG inventory.
Effectively communicate (both verbally and in writing) information requirements and outcomes to organizational staff.
Use analytical methods to check data quality for the purposes of producing a verifiable GHG assertion.
Synthesize data and populate spreadsheets or other tools for the purpose of managing the data.
Prepare GHG inventory reports of various types for review.Identify emission sources and sinks by conducting site visits or analyzing process flow diagrams.
Know what items to ask for and know to document missing items.
Design and plan a basic GHG inventory.
Differentiate between stationary combustion process and fugitive emissions.
Define organizational boundaries, based on operational control or equity share methodologies.

This course is approved by CSA as a designated preparatory course to the internationally recognized CSA Standards GHG Inventory Quantifier (GHG-IQ) examination.  The University of Toronto's School of the Environment is the only academic institution world-wide which has this designation.

In this course you will review all examination topics and will reinforce the fundamentals of planning, calculating, managing and reporting GHG inventories through practical examples.  

No Pre-requisite is required and you need not have an environmental background to take this course.  Your in-class experience will be supplemented with required and recommended reading prior to the start of the course.  

Attendees who successfully complete the CSA exam will receive GHG Inventory Quantifier Certification. A Certificate of Completion from the University of Toronto is issued on completion of this course.

CSA Standards is a leading North American developer of standards, codes and personnel certification programs. All of CSA Standards' GHG Management certifications have been developed and are operated and maintained under the structure of the international standard for development of personnel certification programs - ISO 17024.  

Course Instructor

Bryce Conacher 

Offsetters, Regional Director, Toronto

Director of Business Development, Ledcor Renew 

Bryce represents all aspects of Offsetters' business from advisory services and direct offset sales, to hunting GHG project opportunities for origination, procurement and co-development.  

Bryce Conacher advises organizations on sustainability, carbon risk assessment and carbon opportunity development, and is an International Standards Organization (ISO) 14064 and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol subject matter expert. In January 2010, Bryce received recognition by CSA America Inc. as one of its first ever Certified Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifiers.

Along with his responsibilities at Offsetters, Bryce is a lead instructor and course developer for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) full suite of ISO 14064 GHG and WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol courses on corporate GHG inventories, GHG projects and verification, Bryce conducted workshops in the fall of 2009 for ISO in Bangkok, Thailand and Colombo, Sri Lanka at the ISO Regional Seminars on Greenhouse Gas Quantification, Reporting and Verification based on ISO 14064 and ISO 14065. From 2005-2008 Bryce took an active role in the voluntary carbon market with the founding and establishment of Cleanairpass™.