Advisory Council

Launched in 2002, The CarbonNeutral Protocol is reviewed annually to ensure it reflects the latest developments in emissions measurement and reductions. Our Advisory Council of business, NGO and scientific experts works with us to ensure it follows industry, policy and scientific best practice.

Melanie Eddis, Partner, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Melanie has significant on-the-ground experience of emissions reductions projects and works at one the leading auditors of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and emission reduction projects.

Melanie is a partner in ERM’s climate change team with responsibility primarily for GHG reporting and compliance services. For more than 10 years she has been Head of Climate Change at ERM Certification and Verification Services (CVS), an accredited verifier of a range of GHG programs, including Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and regional progammes in North America. Previously, Melanie worked for KPMG as leader of climate change services responsible for the greenhouse gas verification team where she developed and led numerous corporate global greenhouse gas assurance projects.


Michael Gillenwater, Executive Director and Dean, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute

Michael co-founded and leads a non-profit organisation that is building a global community of experts in carbon management.

Michael co-founded and is Executive Director and Dean of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, a non-profit organisation which training experts in measuring, accounting, auditing, and managing greenhouse gas emissions. Michael has worked on emissions and climate change policy since 1995, and is the lead author of several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. He is also co-editor in chief of the journal Carbon Management.


John O. Niles, Director, The Carbon Institute

John is at the forefront of the academic and technical discipline of carbon accounting.

John founded The Carbon Institute which trains workforces to better measure and manage carbon. The Carbon Institute has helped create courses in the US, China, Indonesia and West Africa. John is also a visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego, where he has taught the global carbon cycle and international climate policies. Previously, John was the first director of the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance and Director for WWF US’s Forest and Climate programme.


Iain Watt, Principal Climate Specialist, Forum for the Future

Iain has over twenty years’ experience advising and challenging business on climate change, carbon strategy, and sustainability more broadly.

Iain leads international sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future’s work on climate. He helps its corporate partners better understand, and respond to, climate risk, a role in which he developed the Forum Climate Challenge and Climate Risk Framework. Previously, Iain spent seven years working at Ceres, a leading U.S. coalition of investment funds, environmental organisations and other public interest groups.


Dr John Murlis, Independent Environmental Consultant

John is an environmental scientist and policy consultant with over 35 years’ experience of the development of evidence-based policy in the field of environmental protection and sustainability.

John is currently an independent environmental consultant. He has a wide range of clients in national and international public bodies, industry and commerce. He has held public appointments including as Chief Scientist and Director of Strategy at the Environment Agency (England and Wales), Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy at University College London, Director of the Institute for Environmental Policy at University College London and Head of Technology Assessment in the Air Quality Division of the UK Department of the Environment.