Climate change has become an issue of critical importance to business as regulations continue to emerge and stakeholders demand increasing levels of information related to environmental performance. Many companies are seeking to manage their exposure to climate risks and realize the growing opportunities through developing a carbon management strategy.

This course covers the principles and process of preparing a facility or company-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. Participants will become very familiar with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard, ISO 14064-1 and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute Greenhouse Gas Protocol. These standards have become the foundation for most regulated and voluntary GHG reporting systems in North America. 

This course will be beneficial for people intending prepare a GHG inventory as well as those people intending to understand the process for developing a GHG inventory with the goal of becoming a GHG verifier (additional courses specifically focused on GHG verification are available).

Through a series of modules containing instructor presentations and interactive activities and case studies, participants will learn GHG accounting principles, the inventory development process, quantification of GHG emissions and the requirements for GHG reporting and preparing for verification.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • plan and prepare a GHG inventory
  • calculating GHG emissions
  • designing GHG inventory quality management processes
  • prepare all documentation necessary for asserting a GHG report.


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

A Certificate of Achievement from the University of Toronto, School of the Environment is issued on completion of this course.




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