Teaching the New Carbon Math: The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management Institute is Training How to Measure and Manage GHG Emissions

    EDINA, MN, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The new math is carbon accounting and the GHG
Management Institute is poised to teach it. Dedicated to training tomorrow's
managers of GHG emissions, the GHG Management Institute is now live at
http://www.ghginstitute.org. Earth Council Geneva (ECG), the GHG Experts
Network (GEN) and ClimateCHECK have combined their forces and expertise to
form this institute committed to professional learning on climate change.
    "Our mission is to train and develop a community of experts with the
highest standards of professional practice in measuring and managing GHG
emissions," said Gao Pronove, Managing Director of the Institute. "Our
supported online learning platform, blending e-learning and interaction with
expert instructors, allows us to train a global audience in the most effective
manner possible." The Institute's focus is on GHG emissions accounting,
inventories, management, and verification. The courses are developed and
instructed by the same experts who prepared today's international standards
and founded national government programs.
    "The Institute's philosophy is 'if you cannot accurately measure GHG
emissions, you cannot manage them'," according to Michael Gillenwater, Dean of
the Institute and Director of the GHG Experts Network. "Quantifying greenhouse
gases is the first step for a company to truly understand and assess their
climate liabilities. It is only after this that corporations can manage their
emissions and reduce their impact."
    Reto Braun, Chairman of ECG (http://www.earthcouncil.com), former CEO of
the Swiss Post and previous President of Unisys, said: "After having trained
over 7,000 learners in more than 80 countries on the subjects of global trade,
climate change and biodiversity, we are pleased to work with our partners in
launching this important initiative."
    "The content that that our GHG Protocol team designs is considered a
global standard," said Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute
(WRI), which is working with the GHG Management Institute to develop its first
course on corporate GHG emissions accounting. "It is critical that energy
managers - whether they're working on projects throughout the developing world
or trying to make improvements at their individual companies - really get
their heads around these issues."
    The GHG Management Institute will promote best practice and help build
confidence in the professional competencies of GHG practitioners, according to
Tom Baumann, CEO of ClimateCHECK.
    "The Institute is committed to ensuring that everyone around the world
can access these courses," stated Janos Pasztor, Director, UN Environment
Management Group. "They have created a need-based scholarship fund to ensure
that this level of access is possible."
    The first classes are open for enrollment, and are due to begin
November 1st. More information is available at the website -

    Internet: http://www.presseportal.ch

For further information:

For further information: Dan Strickland, USA (907) 746-4826 (office),
USA (907) 841-6200 (mobile), E-Mail: info@ghginstitute.org; Greenhouse Gas
Management Institute, Tel (612) 284-3589

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