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Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Life Cycle Assessment (PEN504)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description 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 GHG and energy reporting methodologies using the Australian National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme. The second part covers the concepts and methodologies related to life cycle assessment (LCA). Its use is illustrated by employing popular LCA tools and examining case studies including LCA of renewable electricity, transport and oil.
Unit Learning Outcomes 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. Be familiar with common practice on sustainability reporting.
5. Explain what is meant by Life Cycle Thinking and Life Cycle Assessment.
6. Understand lifecycle assessment concepts, methodologies and standards and how to appropriately apply them.
7. Use LCA software to estimate the life cycle inventory of a product and present the results in a standardised format.
8. Determine the lifecycle environmental performance of a particular energy technology over competing options.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials: 1 x 3 hours per week (notionally 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial) for the 12 teaching weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures are used to introduce the main content of the unit and are also made available online through an LMS site. The lecture material is then reinforced by the consideration of tutorial questions in a subsequent workshop/discussion session. Knowledge is further developed through completing a range of assignments, which provide practical applications of the skills learnt through the lecture material.
The LMS site will be used to provide details of the activities and to allow discussion of issues and topics of particular interest that arise during the unit via Forums on this LMS site. Self-directed reading of the learning materials provided or linked on the LMS site is also important.
Students should spend approximately 10 hours per week on this unit.
Assessment The assessment for this unit comprises of the following elements:
* Assignment 1 (20%): An assignment given to test student's understanding of the NGERS guidelines to calculate GHG emissions inventories at the entity level.
* Assignment 2 (40%): An assignment given to test student understanding of the use of LCA tools (based on process and economic input-output) and LCA report writing.
* Examination (40%): A final, open book exam tests student competence on the application of the concepts learned in the unit.
Timely feedback is provided on each of these assessment items to assist the learning process.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an Honours or Graduate-level course. Recommended PEN597 Climate Change Science and Policy (may be concurrent enrolment).
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed OEENV504 may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradCertEnCbSt)
Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradDipEnCbSt)
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Master of Engineering (ME)
Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Life Cycle Assessment (OEENV504) - as for PEN504 except as follows
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability OUA: OUA1-external, OUA3-external
Timetabled Learning Activities
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
PEN504
Dr Xiangpeng Gao
Lecturer in Energy Economics and Greenhouse Accounting

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6957
e: X.Gao@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003J - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
OEENV504
Dr Xiangpeng Gao
Lecturer in Energy Economics and Greenhouse Accounting

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6957
e: X.Gao@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003J - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
PEN504

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Xiangpeng Gao
Lecturer in Energy Economics and Greenhouse Accounting

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6957
e: X.Gao@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003J - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
OEENV504

OUA: OUA1-External
OUA: OUA3-External
Dr Xiangpeng Gao
Lecturer in Energy Economics and Greenhouse Accounting

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6957
e: X.Gao@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003J - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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