The Greenhouse Gas Management certificate, administered by the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department (EMSE), consists of four online courses. Syllabi and reading lists for EMSE 6991-6293 have been developed in close cooperation with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute to ensure students receive a complete background in all essential elements of greenhouse gas management. When you complete these courses successfully, you are ready to take your place in the demanding efforts to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

  • EMSE 6290:  Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response – This course explains the types and sources of greenhouse gas emissions, their effect on the energy balance and temperature of the earth, and how the earth responds to this forcing. It probes the available methods and challenges of mitigating anthropogenic influences, potential impacts of unmitigated climate change, and tradeoffs between mitigation and adaptation. It also explores global concerns related to geoengineering to avoid such impacts, and the risks of loss and damage to industry and government. Students will learn climate change policy and standards at local, national, and international levels.

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  • EMSE 6291: Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Reporting – This course will cover existing methodologies and standards for measuring and reporting GHG emissions, with particular emphasis on accepted environmental accounting frameworks for the business sector and regulatory schemes. Students will develop the technical skills required to estimate, analyze, and manage GHG emission inventories at various scales. They also will develop the ability to report results that satisfy current and emerging local, national, and international requirements, and gain knowledge to advise business leaders on the implications of these inventories.

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  • EMSE 6292:  Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Projects and Markets – This course will cover methods of conducting mitigation analyses, including identification and analysis of projects to reduce GHG emissions with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy. It will include information on monitoring and reporting emission reductions using accepted methodologies, as well as the use of carbon markets as a tool for cost-effective mitigation. Students will use appropriate resources to identify and select mitigation projects, develop and present business cases for projects. Students will also learn techniques to monitor and assess emissions reductions, and how to trade those reductions in emission markets.

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  • EMSE 6293:  Greenhouse Gas Management Assurance and Information Systems Design – This course will cover the design and operation of data systems for the management of GHG emissions. It will include the verification of GHG emission reports in organizational settings and the assurance of GHG emissions assertions. Students will learn how to design, evaluate, set up, test, and operate GHG information management systems and GHG assurance processes that are appropriate for specific applications and that conform to applicable standards.

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