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Greenhouse Gas Management Institute


The GHG Management Institute was founded by GHG Experts Network and ClimateCHECK, in partnership with World Resources Institute, Carbon Disclosure Project and Govida eLearning. The Institute is working closely with the World Resources Institute in developing a series of courses related to the GHG Protocol. It is also working with other leading organizations in developing courses and programs.

The Dean of the Institute is Michael Gillenwater, founder of the GHG Experts Network, and co-author of the US EPA and the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change’s GHG guidelines. The Managing Director is Gao Pronove, former Coordinator of CC:Train, and co-founder and former Executive Director of the Earth Council eLearning Centre for Sustainable Development. Tom Baumann, co-founder and CEO of ClimateCHECK, is the Director of Professional Programs.

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute is policy neutral. We do not promote any specific protocol, standard or program. Our courses cover all relevant protocols, standards, programs, and guidelines. Our focus is on the professionalization of the field of GHG management and accounting.



In 1994, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its first Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. Since then, the IPCC Guidelines have been updated by hundreds of the world’s top experts on greenhouse gas emissions in 1996, 2000, and 2006. These technical guidelines provide the foundation for greenhouse gas accounting under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. All other greenhouse gas accounting protocols rely in some form on the methodologies developed for and included in the IPCC Guidelines.

In 1998, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) formed the GHG Protocol Initiative to address this growing need. Today, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol is the international accounting tool most widely used by businesses and governments to understand, quantify, and manage GHG emissions. The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard provides the accounting framework for nearly every GHG standard and program worldwide, and for thousands of GHG inventories prepared by individual companies.

In 2002, three hundred of the world’s largest investors, representing roughly three trillion dollars of investment, launched the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a program encouraging corporations to disclose their carbon footprint.

These and other such programs are predicated on GHG emissions… their measurement, reporting, management and reduction. The integrity of these programs, indeed the entire concept of a GHG emissions inventory and monitoring system, revolves around accuracy. The accuracy of baseline studies, credible emissions measurements, and solid monitoring systems are at the heart of any global mitigation strategy. The sharper and more unassailable these components are, the more robust and powerful the program.


Our Mission

Our mission is to train and develop a community of experts with the highest standards of professional practice in measuring, accounting, and managing greenhouse gas emissions; meeting the needs of governments, corporations, and organizations large and small.

The GHG Management Institute is training tomorrow’s experts how to manage and credibly account for their GHG emissions. This involves training individuals in the basics of GHG management and accounting, as well as training and accrediting professionals who meet the highest standards of expertise and ethical conduct.

We also believe that it is vital that the population of professionals with the expertise to address GHG emissions is globally widespread. Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution. We offer financial assistance to other non-profits world wide, and to public agencies, and small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries. We welcome grants and contributions to further this mission and to sponsor scholarships. We are also collaborating with other organizations in various regions of the world to provide training in other languages and in ways that address local conditions.

The Institute offers its courses primarily online through e-learning. It can also blend online learning with face-to-face workshops for larger groups with specific needs. E-learning allows learners a higher quality training experience, access the world’s top experts as instructors, the flexibility to undergo training on your own time, and without the cost, trouble, and GHG emissions associated with traveling to workshops.

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