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Carbon accounting provides sustainable outlook

Nov 04, 2011

TAFE SA recently launched a Carbon Accounting short course specifically developed to improve literacy and numeracy skills relating to the challenges of sustainability and climate change.

The short course consists of two units offered in a three day workshop environment designed for students and professionals with a background in disciplines including sustainability, environmental management, accounting and policy.

Paulo Castro, of Mawson Lakes, and Amalia Sosrodiredjo, of Linden Park, completed the short course and have gained niche skills and knowledge to supplement their postgraduate qualifications.

An Environmental Officer for Inghams Enterprises, Mr Castro says he undertook the short course to add extra value to his existing knowledge that would benefit his workplace.

“I work for a company that really cares about the environment. The course will help me with the sustainability reports we already have in place and also to develop a carbon inventory for each site,” Mr Castro said.

He believes the practical focus of the course is enjoyable, flexible, conducive to learning and links directly to his workplace.

Ms Sosrodiredjo has a background in sustainability and enrolled in the short course out of personal interest and to ultimately gain employment.

She credited the course for providing comprehensive content and learning materials along with fostering self-directed investigation. “I enjoyed learning how to identify emission sources, interpret the National Greenhouse Accounts Factors into real data, critically think about the best efficiency and emission reduction strategies and trying to compile these into a complete carbon report. It was a challenging and enjoyable task,” Ms Sosrodiredjo said.

Course Facilitator and industry expert Trisha Drioli says the power and simplicity of this methodology will enable government and business to become ‘carbon literate’ and compare performance across industry and business sectors.

This short course builds on the success of TAFE SA’s online Diploma of Sustainability introduced in 2010. “Carbon Accounting is a stand-alone course or it can be enrolled in as an elective component as part of the Diploma qualification,” says Ms Drioli.