Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Life Cycle Assessment - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Mid-semester assignment (20%) , Assignment 2 - End-of-semester assignment (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,070.00
International 2,320.00

This unit looks at the approaches for calculating and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and lifecycle emissions at national, entity and even product level. The first part presents the elements of rigorous GHG and energy reporting methodologies using the Australian National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme as a case study. The second part covers the concepts and methodologies related to life cycle assessment (LCA). Its use is illustrated by examining case studies including LCA of renewable electricity, transport and oil.

On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate how to calculate a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory according to the international ISO 14064 standard
  2. estimate and report GHG emissions for entities according to national guidelines and regulations including Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and calculate the associated uncertainties
  3. understand the protocols and approaches related to determining and reporting local government and regional inventories and carbon footprints
  4. explain what is meant by Life Cycle Thinking and Life Cycle Assessment
  5. understand lifecycle assessment concepts, methodologies and standards and how to appropriately apply them
  6. use LCA software to estimate the life cycle inventory of a product and present the results in a standardised format
  7. determine the lifecycle environmental performance of a particular energy technology over competing options
  8. understand how GHG inventory and lifecycle assessment are used to gain accreditation for a carbon offset, company, or product.
  • Assignment 1 — Mid-semester assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — End-of-semester assignment (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Open book exam (45%)
  • Project (10%)
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There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Greenhouse gas (GHG) and energy reporting methodologies
2Drivers and frameworks for national GHG inventories
3Australian National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS)
4Calculations of GHG inventories and carbon footprints for local government and communities
5Concepts and methodologies for Life-cycle assessments (LCA)
6Process LCA, economic input-output analysis (IOA) LCA and hybrid LCA
7GHG inventory and LCA use for accreditation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings

Online materials

  • Quizzes

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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