Commercial carbon accounting case study

Achievements and development requirements of commercial carbon accounting: a case study

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

10 October 2022

Campus

Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

Carbon Friendly, a carbon accounting firm, helps farmers and industry bodies around the world account for their carbon emission and is collecting C accounting data. This collaborative project gives the candidate unique access to commercial carbon accounting methods and data allowing us to investigate such questions as:

  • How do Carbon Friendly’s methods compare with other leading carbon accounting methods
    • How do inclusions and exclusions compare with theoretically good modelling methods?
    • How are they influenced by government policy?
  • What is the contribution these practices have made to
    • GHG emission reduction and benefits
    • What is their potential (Australia/global)
  • What is the relative emissions performance of
    • Different agricultural sectors
    • Different agricultural systems within each sector
  • Relative economic performance of systems within an industry ($/t GHG reduction)
  • Potential system enhancements (eg inclusion of economics)
  • Stakeholder perspectives on the process

Industry partner will be contributing

  • Training in their methods
  • Access to their data
  • Office accommodation
  • Travel between offices (UTAS and Toowoomba)
  • Research funding

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Rowan Eisner

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Good quantitative skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Interest in mitigating climate change
  • Spatial data analysis

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Rowan Eisner to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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