GHG Reporting FAQs

This FAQ contains general greenhouse gas (ghg) inventory questions that aren't specific to either the Campus Carbon Calculator (CCC) or CarbonMAP. For questions pertaining to the CCC, please see our Campus Carbon Calculator FAQ. For questions specific to CarbonMAP, see the CarbonMAP FAQ.

  • How does my data get from the CCC or CarbonMAP to the Second Nature reporting system, for the Climate Commitment?

There is no process that directly transports the information from the CCC to the Second Nature reporting system. (Although we are working on it and hopefully there will be in the future!) Once the required data has been input, the CCC provides a spreadsheet that automatically aggregates the outputs required for Second Nature reporting. This can be found in the pale yellow tab labeled “Second Nature_Reporting.” It is the responsibility of the signatory institution to use the CCC to calculate emissions data and then input required information into the Second Nature reporting systems.

For more information, please visit the Second Nature Reporting page (which is not administered by UNHSI).


  • What is the difference between an implementation profile, a GHG emissions report, a climate action plan, and a progress report? When are they all due?

Second Nature provides a helpful timeline for signatories with resources to help you with each report here.


  • What is the relationship between Second Nature and UNH?

UNHSI is the managing agency for the CCC, which is the calculation tool most recommended by the SN Climate Commitment for GHG emissions calculation. We coordinate closely with the Climate Commitment team at Second Nature, to continue to make this resource available and relevant for  signatories.  

UNH's President is also a charter signatory of the Climate Commitment.   As such, UNH has a climate action plan, which is called WildCAP. The goal of WildCAP is to reduce GHG emissions by 50% in 2020 and by 80% in 2050. The baseline for this goal is 2001. The Energy Task Force (ETF), which was established in 2005, and the Sustainability Institute oversee the WildCAP. WildCAP is on track and it is actually ahead of schedule due to the "EcoLine" project; EcoLine allows UNH pipe methane gas produced by a nearby landfill to its cogeneration plant for fuel. UNH sells RECs to pay for the project. You can find past UNH GHG inventory reports here.


  • What is the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, how was it created, and how does it relate to the Campus Carbon Calculator/CarbonMAP?

The GHG Protocol arose from an initiative by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). These two NPOs realized that an international GHG accounting and reporting standard would be necessary in light of climate change. In 1997, managers from WRI and WBSCD met to launch an NGO-business partnership to address methods for GHG accounting. They then met with environmental and industry groups to guide the stakeholder standards development process. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard was published in 2001. Since its publication, tools to assist agencies with data calculation have been created, along with guidance documents. WRI and WBSCD have also partnered with governments, companies and non-governmental organizations to help them adopt the GHG Protocol as the foundation for climate change strategies. (Greenhouse Gas Protocol, 2012)


  • How does selling renewable energy credits (RECs) impact my GHG inventory/footprint?

The selling of RECs will impact you inventory because it makes it impossible for you to claim the GHG reductions associated with those RECs.  Essentially, you will need to "add" the emissions associated with the RECs back into your inventory. Of course, if your campus produces RECs and sells them, this money could be used to fund campus improvements that in turn contribute to further emission reductions. Often, campuses choose to implement projects that will have GHG reductions for a certain "life span" and they will sell RECs for the first years of that life span to help re-coup the costs of the project.  Once the campus stops selling the RECs, if the project is still functional and resulting in emissions reductions, the campus can begin incorporating those reductions into its inventory.