The Carbon Balance

An introduction to the global carbon market, trading mechanisms and units

What you will learn:


This is a beginner level course that focuses on market-based mechanisms in place for controlling greenhouse gas emissions. You do not need any prior knowledge or experience on the subject.


This course is approved for 0.5 GBCI Continuation Education (CE) credits. After completing the course you can report your credit towards LEED credential maintenance.

Global warming is one of the biggest environmental crisis we are facing today. Human activities such as energy production, transportation, manufacturing, construction etc lead to carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions which is causing climate change. Global efforts for mitigation resulted in an international agreement called the Kyoto Protocol, which sets limits on the amount of emissions for different countries. Developed economies have more stringent targets than developing countries.

In addition of national efforts by countries, Kyoto has introduced a market based mechanism to push efforts towards emission reductions. This had led to the creation of a carbon market, where carbon is traded just like any other commodity, helping balance the net carbon emissions globally. So is this the right approach to greenhouse gas mitigation? This course will provide plenty of fodder for you to answer this question. It will in detail the background and the three mechanisms that are helping maintain the carbon balance.  

While the course explains the content in detail, you are expected to be familiar with concepts of global warming and climate change and associated terms such as greenhouse gases and emissions.  

The course is designed in modules with engaging content and detailed case studies, providing you with a learning experience that’s fun and insightful at the same time. At the end of the course, you will be able to discuss whether the mechanisms at present are truly good for the environment.

Who is this course for:

Anyone interested in the carbon market

What does this course include:

Course Reviews

"It jots down to whatever introduced in the market, one needs to use make use of it by ensuring the future generation has a better place to live."

-Minal Budati

"Very helpful!!!"

-Taegon Ye

"This is an easily digestible overview course on climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon trading. Course is visually engaging with ample real-life examples used in explaining the concepts."

-Isilay Civan

"Great Course"

-Michael Parkins