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UNFCCC Publishes Italy’s GHG Inventory Review Report

21 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Italy (FCCC/ARR/2011/ITA), which highlights that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 5.4% between 1990 and 2009.

The Expert Review Team (ERT) that conducted the centralized review concludes that: Italy's inventory submission was prepared in compliance with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines; and that the inventory submission, the common reporting format (CRF) tables and the national inventory report (NIR) were generally complete. However, in terms of categories and gases, information on emissions from untreated wastewater information was not complete. The ERT underscores that Italy's NIR was prepared in accordance with relevant Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines and commends the party for the high quality of its inventory.

The ERT recommends the following cross-cutting issues for improvement: ensuring the inventory is fully complete by including emissions from untreated wastewater; and further enhancing the transparency of reporting by including additional explanations in the NIR.  It further recommends: enhancing the transparency of its reporting by providing more information on the methodology used to verify and certify, inter alia, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) data used in the estimates of emissions from the energy and industrial processes sectors and the distribution of livestock and manure management by climatic region; and providing more transparent explanations for the rationale used for classifying plantations as cropland. [Publication: Report of the Individual Review of the Annual Submission of Italy Submitted in 2011]