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Conversations at the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute: A podcast series with Don Bain, Michael Gillenwater, and their guests. Listen in as they discuss the latest news, policy, and note-worthy events impacting carbon management. Topics touch on sustainability, carbon footprinting, life cycle assessment, and green business. These are the informal but important conversations we’re having inside the Institute.
 
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Michael Gillenwater is just back from COP-21 in Paris. Don Bain followed the agreement from afar. Listen in on their discussion of first impressions. Look for more detailed analysis in future episodes.Read the agreement for yourself at http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09r01.pdf. Check out the excellent coverage of the event and devel…
 
A tax on greenhouse gas emissions, a.k.a. carbon tax, is one policy mechanism for addressing climate change. The Canadian Province of British Columbia implemented a carbon tax in 2008 and reports of experience with it are now in papers and the press. Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater discuss the tax and some of the lessons learned. Michael points ou…
 
Get ready! The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Standards Council, GHG-ASC, is coming. Don and Michael go over the features of an exciting new organization dedicated to recognizing leading GHG accounting practice in companies. Recorded 1 April 2015, a formal announcement will come after details are finalized and key positions filled. Email podcast@ghginst…
 
Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater discuss a personal carbon dilemma – should I fly or should I drive? A recent trip prompted Don to try 5 different on-line carbon calculators for air travel when trying to compare the carbon intensity of airline travel versus travel by auto. The carbon calculators gave surprisingly different results for the same air …
 
Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater visit Washington, D.C. in January 2015. The conversation takes place at the same time the new GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance, http://www.ghgprotocol.org/scope_2_guidance, is being announced a few miles away. Our hosts reflect on their respective efforts to raise concerns about some features of the new guidance. See h…
 
Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater have a conversation about the joint U.S. – China announcement on climate change. Michael gives historical perspective to help understand the agreement. Don goes into the scale of the Chinese commitment, and gives context by imaging how many wind (160,000+ turbines) and solar systems (42+ million rooftop) will be req…
 
Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater venture into a discussion on Climate Change Adaptation. This follows Don’s observations from the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index annual meeting, November 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. See http://ndgain.org and http://index.gain.org/.We love listener feedback and ideas. Email us at podcast@ghginstute.org .Listeners…
 
Don reports observations from a public comment meeting hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the subject of the proposed Clean Power Rule. Michael and Don discuss the boom in hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and some of the implications as we think about climate change.We love listener feedback and ideas. Email us at po…
 
Almost a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. And, all foods are not equal in terms of their carbon footprint. Michael Gillenwater and Don Bain discuss the relative carbon impact of the food choices we make. The conversation is more personal and less technical than other episodes.We also give a shout-out for our first-e…
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule, the Clean Power Plan, to regulate greenhouse gases from the production of electricity. Michael Gillenwater and Don Bain discuss some features of the proposed rule and describe an outline of how the rule is to be implemented. Each has done independent analysis of the proposed rule and…
 
After Don Bain visits 5 universities in the U.S., he and Michael Gillenwater reflect on the state of environmental curricula in universities at the dawn of the Anthropocene. Their anecdotes address the extent to which climate change and carbon management are represented in education today. Michael's "around campus" segment addresses GHG Institute's…
 
Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater discuss the relationship between green power and carbon accounting and try to reduce some confusion about offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs). This is timely considering:- The questions Don encounters from colleagues.- Michael’s recent blog post which ask…
 
Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater discuss why a supply chain or value chain framework makes sense for GHG management. Michael asks tough questions while Don answers based on his experience as an EY supply chain partner and author of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute's new course on Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Reporting. News on campus incl…
 
Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater discuss initiatives underway to attempt to standardize reporting requirements, materiality, environmental reporting and attention fatigue. Campus segment is about new GHG Management Institute degree programs and the toolbox segment introduces the concept of the internet of things.…
 
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