Online Courses

Basic Course on Carbon Accounting

Climate change is the major existential threat to human civilisation in the present time. While governments try to tackle this through policies and infrastructure and individual citizens aim for low carbon lifestyles, businesses and institutions can contribute by minimising the impact of their operations.

 

Why

Climate change is the major existential threat to human civilisation in the present time. The international efforts at tackling this problem are multi-fold. While governments try to tackle this through policies and infrastructure and individual citizens aim for low carbon lifestyles, businesses and institutions can contribute by minimising the impact of their operations. It may even be demanded of businesses and institutions, both by the national governments as well as by conscientious investors, shareholders, and clients/consumers. Carbon accounting is a necessary tool for this. While carbon accounting tools are already available in the public domain, effective use of the tools requires a certain level of literacy around the basic principles. The course provides an opportunity to educate yourself and therefore equip yourself with a professional skill that would increasingly become critically important in the next few decades.

For: Engineers, architects, business managers, estate managers, environmental officers, academicians, etc.

Duration: Self paced (can take 6-8 months)

Format: Online instruction through video and documents, field work by students in their locations, additional online guidance provided as and when needed to each student. When the student completes the tasks assigned with one module, the next module will be shared with him/her.

Language: English

Learning Objectives

The student will

  • understand of how green house gas emissions contribute to climate change, and how the emissions can be accounted for.
  • familiarise with the accounting framework common to most internationally applied carbon accounting tools.
  • apply the basic principles common to most carbon accounting tools to real life situations and thus learn by doing.
  • familiarise with the accounting for carbon sinks and offsets.
  • apply a simplified approach to accounting for carbon sinks and offsets in real life situations and thus learn by doing.