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Estimating GHG Emissions Using the Local Government Operations Protocol

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

In response to a scientific consensus linking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activities to global climate change, many local governments are looking inwards to identify opportunities to reduce GHG emissions not only from their communities, but also from their own operations. Local governments can inventory the emissions from their operations in order to track their performance and ensure that their actions do reduce GHG emissions. This GHG inventory is often referred to as a carbon footprint and is the foundation of actions to address climate change. Complete, consistent and accurate measurement enables local governments to assess their risks and opportunities, track their progress, and create a strategy to reduce emissions in a quantifiable and transparent way.

This course is deigned to provide a standardized method for quantifying and reporting GHG emissions associated with their government operations.

The text for this course is the “Local Government Operations Protocol, Version 1.0, September 2008” developed by the California Air Resources Board, the California Climate Action Registry, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and the Climate Registry. Also included as a text is the draft “International Local Government GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol” published by the ICLEI.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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