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UNFCCC Publishes Australia’s GHG Inventory Review Report

18 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Australia (FCCC/ARR/2011/AUS). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 30.4% between 1990 and 2009.

The Expert Review Team (ERT) that conducted the centralized review concludes that Australia's inventory submission was prepared in compliance with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines. It also concludes that the inventory submission, the common reporting format (CRF) tables and the national inventory report (NIR) are generally complete. However, it notes that certain specific information is incomplete for the period 1990 to 2009. The ERT underscores that Australia's inventory is generally in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines and has made substantial improvements since the previous submission.

The ERT identifies the following cross-cutting issues for improvement: reporting a key category analysis for 1990 in its next annual submission; describing how Australia treats confidential data; and reassessing used uncertainties in the energy sector. The ERT further formulates recommendations for improving transparency and consistency of the information presented in the following sectors: energy; industrial processes; agriculture; land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); and waste. [Publication: Report of the Individual Review of the Annual Submission of Australia Submitted in 2011]