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SFI Seminar: The Road to Climate Stability Runs through Carbon Balance Sheets

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The Sustainable Finance and Investment Seminar (CEE 157/257), led by Soh Young In, is a 1-unit course which aims to equip the Stanford community with the knowledge and networks required to undertake significant future work on sustainable finance and investment. The course is open to students, faculty, and staff in the Stanford community. CEE 157/257 meets every Friday from 8:30 - 9:20 am PST (with noted exceptions) during fall quarter (Remote: Synchronous). Students may enroll for credit.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol developed as a method to assess risk. Its success as a rhetorical device has outlived its usefulness as climate activists and markets demand carbon accounting (versus carbon counting.) In this seminar on Friday, November 4, Dr. Marc Roston, Research Fellow at Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, will present some straightforward changes to adapt the current methods of carbon counting to carbon accounting – a method that allows companies to assemble carbon balance sheets analogous to financial accounting. This method, implemented correctly, should enable robust carbon markets, stimulate investment in carbon capture technology, and bring discipline and structure to offset markets, at the while increasing the cost of capital to high emitters.  

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