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UNFCCC Publishes Luxembourg’s GHG Inventory Review Report

8 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Luxembourg (FCCC/ARR/2012/LUX) that indicates that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for this country decreased by 6% between 1990 and 2010. It also states that, for 2010, the energy sector accounted for 88.2% of GHG emissions, the agriculture sector for 5.7% and the industrial processes sector for 5.5%.

The Expert Review Team (ERT) that conducted the centralized review concludes that Luxembourg's inventory submission was prepared in accordance with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines. It also concludes that the inventory submission, the common reporting format (CRF) tables and the national inventory report (NIR) were generally complete. However, estimates of fugitive emissions from oil, potential emissions of some gases and non-mandatory land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) categories were not provided.

The ERT further concludes that Luxembourg's inventory is generally in line with the relevant IPCC Guidelines. However, the ERT notes lack of reporting of the emissions from combustion of lubricants and erroneous use of some estimates, which were later on corrected by Luxembourg. 

The ERT identifies the following cross-cutting issues for improvement: provide the NIR in time; include estimated fugitive emissions from oil; enhance uncertainty analysis by covering all inventory categories and report on all performed analyses, including for LULUCF; and address pending recommendations from previous reports. The ERT further formulates recommendations for improving methodological approaches in estimating emissions for specific sectors, including for the energy, agriculture and LULUCF sectors. [Publication: Report of the Individual Review of the Annual Submission of Luxembourg Submitted in 2012]