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Climate Change & Sustainability

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Verifier Training Program

3 day

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This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary for assurance and verification of GHG emissions for the purpose of emissions accounting, reporting and trading schemes.

As more governments implement mandatory emissions reporting and trading schemes; and as more organizations become aware of the benefits of accounting for their carbon emissions, the skills of auditors will become more and more necessary to deliver the high levels of assurance required to ensure that decisions are made on the basis of robust data and to provide comfort to external users of emissions data such as investors, regulators or buyers and sellers of emissions credits where emissions data is used for these purposes.

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary for undertaking the internal checks and controls required to provide auditable emissions reporting and robust data for decision making purposes.

Course Objectives

Training is conducted by experienced verifiers who have direct and current field knowledge of application and development of the techniques in the field and to many schemes worldwide. The techniques and tools have all been used in actual verification and reporting tasks over the last 15 years.

The key learning objectives of this course include:


  • Describe the principles of good quality data management and internal quality control necessary to meet voluntary and regulatory programs such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, the EU-ETS Emissions Scheme or internal initiatives
  • Condider the framework requirements, relevant guidance and supporting criteria for key regulatory schemes participants are involved in
  • Describe the implications of relevant ISO and other Standards that may support emissions accounting and reporting


  • Describe the purpose of emissions accounting, within the context it is applied
  • Describe relevant quality assurance and quality control requirements and what is expected from an operator as part of compliance requirements for GHG reporting programs and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles applied to GHG Accounting
  • Provide an overview of toolsets to manage the reporting, verification and validation task
  • Participate in practical exercises on the application of relevant toolsets and the use of case studies and examples to show best and less than best practice
  • Verify reported data and information on the basis of checking and testing of source data generation, data accounting, data assurance and information management systems/ process
  • Develop and apply risk based techniques for reported data and information in order to ensure the organizational boundary setting, scope and information structures are appropriate and meet requirements
  • Explain the means of complying with GHG reporting rules and requirements including preparation and implementation of monitoring plans, emissions inventories, and emissions reports
  • Explain how to come to a verification conclusion and describe the content and consequences of verification statement statements

Course Agenda

Day 1

  • History and context of GHG reporting
  • The mechanics of GHG reporting and emissions trading
  • Current emissions reporting and trading programs
  • Key stakeholders and their responsibilities in GHG reporting
  • Principles of GHG monitoring and reporting
  • Emissions calculations
  • Issues around measurement systems
  • The role of the verifier

Day 2


  • What is verification?
  • Key principles of verification
  • Verifier competence requirements
  • Overview of the verification process
  • Risks, strategic analysis & planning
  • Risk assessment

Day 3

  • The tools and techniques of accounting and certification
  • Missing data and its relevance
  • Data analysis
  • Completing the verification
  • Integrating with other management systems and financial controls
  • Developing internal accounting and verification procedures
  • On-site exam

Business Needs

The first training course is designed to meet the greenhouse gas accounting and reporting needs of organizations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including: Corporations who have decided to include or are required to disclose greenhouse gas and sustainability information within their annual shareholder report Organizations who have decided to participate in voluntary, international greenhouse gas reporting programs such as the Carbon Disclosure Project Individuals within organizations who provide independent 3rd party sustainability services on a consultancy basis Government-affiliated bodies that have decided to participate in national-level or international-level carbon trading programs, reporting standards, or verification systems Organizations that wish to seek measureable GHG performance for internal initiatives

Knowledge Level

Delegates do not require any prior knowledge of non-financial data accounting and management to attend this workshop. However, they may have knowledge and experience associated with climate change in general and broader auditing skills, such as for quality or environmental management systems auditing. (Not having these is not considered as a barrier to learning nor will it prevent a successful completion of the training). Basic auditing skills do not form a core part of this course, though this has not been a barrier to previous attendees who have gone on as practitioners. The course is designed for all comers.

Other Info

Certifications Those who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Those who complete the course and the on-site exam will receive a Certification of Proficiency.
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