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UNFCCC Publishes Inventory Reports of Australia, Bulgaria and Spain

9 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published reports submitted in 2009 of the individual reviews of the annual submissions of: Spain (FCCC/ARR/2009/ESP), Australia (FCCC/ARR/2009/AUS) and Bulgaria (FCCC/ARR/2009/BGR).

On the annual submission of Spain, the Expert Review Team (ERT) concludes that it has been prepared and reported in accordance with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines. The inventory submission is in general complete and Spain has submitted a complete set of common reporting format (CRF) tables for the years 1990–2007 (except for CRF table 8(b)) and a national inventory report (NIR); these are complete in terms of geographical coverage, years and sectors, as well as generally complete in terms of categories and gases. Spain's inventory is generally in line with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines, the Revised 1996 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance; and the IPCC good practice guidance for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). However, in order to bring its reporting more in line with these guidelines, the ERT encourages Spain to improve the completeness of the next annual submission, its transparency, its uncertainty estimation and its key category analysis, and implement quality assurance (QA) activities for all sectors.

Regarding Australia, the ERT concludes that the inventory is generally in line with the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines and the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC Good Practice Guidance for LULUCF. Australia uses higher tier methods for most key categories and uses the key category and uncertainty analyses as a driving factor for the improvement of the inventory. The ERT considers the 2009 inventory submission to be generally of high quality and welcomes the efforts made by Australia to carry out continuous improvements. The ERT encourages Australia to explore the possibility of structuring its reporting, in its next annual submission, following the annotated outline of the NIR, and the guidance contained therein.

Regarding Bulgaria, the ERT concludes that the inventory submission has been generally prepared and reported in accordance with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines. The 2009 inventory submission is in general complete in respect of its coverage of sectors, gases and years of the inventory time series, and is complete in terms of geographical coverage. However, the ERT identified issues with regard to the completeness of the coverage of categories in all sectors, since not all CRF tables have been provided in the annual submission. The NIR has not been prepared fully following the structure set out in the UNFCCC reporting guidelines (e.g. the chapter on the LULUCF sector), nor does it provide sufficient information on choice of methodologies, activity data (AD) and emission factors (EFs), calculation procedures, assumptions, or rationale for recalculations and their impact on emission trends and time-series consistency. [Spain Inventory] [Australia Inventory] [Bulgaria Inventory]