Decarbonization 101

At this point, decarbonization is very much at the heart of sustainability projects in most organizations, jurisdictions and regions, but it is always important to assert a common understanding by defining the key terms.

Decarbonization is the process of reducing carbon intensity and greenhouse gas emissions. This involves decreasing CO2 emissions from buildings, power generation, and transportation per unit of electricity generated.

As we know, most organizations have set targets to achieve net-zero emissions in the 2030-2050 timeframe to fall in line with federal targets and international commitments. Although those timelines seem far away, here’s something to consider:

No single entity can, on its own, permanently get Canadian society to net-zero emissions. Success depends on setting the right framework for all parts of society to move in the same direction via regulations, standards, and incentives, consistent with credible pathways to net-zero emissions.”
- First annual report to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change -Compete and succeed in a net-zero future


Decarbonization: Where do you start?

If you are responsible for supporting an organization’s decarbonization and net-zero goals, you will need to identify, select and then implement projects that aim to lower overall emissions. This process entails understanding carbon pricing and tax structures, the cost of energy, how emissions are monitored and calculated, project selection, types of emissions, and more. All of this will allow you to analyze potential projects and make the right organizational decisions.

In order to be in the best position to support your organization in reaching its goals, you’ll want to ensure you have the right tools in your toolbox now.

Start your journey towards decarbonization by acquiring knowledge through decarbonization training. To ensure you make the right choices for your organization, you want to have the proper skills to be able to identify, assess and implement decarbonization projects.

It’s also important that you understand where your organization is on its path to decarbonization and how you can continue to push it toward its defined goals. Your organization may find itself at one of the following stages:

  • Creating an energy management reduction plan
  • Looking at setting GHG reduction targets
  • Crafting a decarbonization plan
  • Designing a pathway to net-zero
  • Looking to track emissions
  • Looking to track energy use in your facilities


Your Decarbonization Learning Path


A Decarbonization Learning Path outlined; 4 arrows with the words: Getting started, Accounting, Planning, Implementing

Whether you are a consultant, a member of a sustainability team, or involved in facility operations, having an understanding of carbon pricing and the cost of energy can enable you to make the right decisions for your organization. 

The status of your organization’s decarbonization efforts can help determine where you begin your decarbonization learning journey. Here’s a look at the courses that can support your decarbonization efforts at each step. Interested in a course? Click on the title to learn more about the course, see its learning objectives, find upcoming dates, and to register!


Getting Started with Decarbonization Projects


Accounting: Decarbonization Projects


Planning Decarbonization Projects

  • Planning and Selecting GHG Reduction Projects
    Get the tools and expertise necessary to determine the most effective path to decarbonization aligned with your organization’s emission reduction targets, capital planning cycles, operator capacity and expertise, and climate adaptation goals.
  • Making the Case for Decarbonization Projects
    Gain knowledge of the basics of incremental cost, pricing carbon, net present value, total cost of building ownership, and how to determine what needs to be included in a decision matrix.
  • Energy Management and the ISO 50001 Standard
    This course is designed for those who wish to develop an energy management culture in their organization and covers the essential elements necessary for success and is aligned with the requirements of the ISO 50001 Standard.


Implementing Decarbonization Projects


  • Achieving Net-Zero Buildings
    This course is focused on direct strategies and measures needed to achieve net zero emissions in buildings.
  • Building Electrification Strategies
    This program is meticulously crafted to empower you with the technical expertise needed to identify, implement, and optimize building electrification strategies for enhanced sustainability.
  • 50001 Certified Professional
    Gain the skills, knowledge, and performance capability to assist and evaluate businesses in meeting ISO 50001 requirements


Become the driving force of decarbonization projects in your organization

Start planning your decarbonization learning journey today and gain the knowledge and tools to lead decarbonization efforts. Our Learning Path Builder allows you to select the courses you’re interested in, then you can save your customized Learning Path so you have it to reference the next time you’re ready to register for a course.

A picture of a laptop with CIET's website displayed. Text reading "create your own learning path. Navigate our course catalogue and gain autonomy in how you approach your professional development" A button reading "Get started"

Newsletter subscription

Yes, I consent to receiving CIET communications. I understand that I may unsubscribe at any time.

Share your training needs with us!

Would you like to be trained on a specific topic? Just let us know!

Express my interest
Send us your question

Send us an email and we will respond as soon as possible.

This is to inform you that the course date is too close to be able to ship hard copies of the material to you on time. If you are willing to use the material in secured PDF, receive the material later (likely after the course) and pay upon registration, please click OK to continue the registration process. Please note that the shipping process will start only when the course fees are paid in full and delays are to be expected. Many thanks!

Skip to content