Reducing methane emissions from landfills is a cost-effective way to contribute to efforts to address climate change. Landfill methane (LM) projects are growing in popularity and are gradually becoming an important source of offsets. This course provides information and guidance as well as technical descriptions on accounting for GHG reductions, project emissions, and displacement from LM projects, which will help you:

  • Understand landfill gas operations and how they relate to LM emissions
  • Recognize methods of LM extraction and opportunities for methane mitigation
  • Identify end-use options for LM and methods for calculating resulting GHG emission reductions and project emissions.

The information provided in this course originates from credible international sources including:

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Guidelines for National GHG Inventories by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects

This course draws on all of these resources and provides guidance specifically on how to account for and document GHG reductions, project emissions, and emission reductions as a result of displacement of more carbon-intensive energy sources.

This course includes examples, quizzes, and exercises to help you learn and apply the material. A Certificate of Participation is included as part of the course.

A Certificate of Proficiency requires the passing of an exam after completion of the course.

Key concepts covered include:

  • GHG standards and programs
  • LM GHG project accounting
  • Defining a LM project
  • Establishing the baseline scenario and selecting relevant GHGs
  • Quantifying emissions and removals
  • Monitoring, documenting and reporting