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UNFCCC Publishes Revised Technical Paper on QELROs

4 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a revised technical paper (FCCC/TP/2010/3/Rev.1) on issues relating to the transformation of pledges for emission reductions into quantified emission limitation and reduction objectives (QELROs). The paper provides a brief explanation of this transformation and illustrates the effect that different variables have on it.

Chapter I provides some background information and outlines the possible action by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), noting that it may wish to take note of the information contained in the technical paper. It may also wish to consider the implications of different variables on the transformation of pledges into QELROs and decide on next steps regarding work with pledges presented by Annex I Parties.

Chapter II introduces the concepts of QELROs and assigned amounts. Chapter III covers issues relating to the transformation of pledges into QELROs, including the effects of different variables on the resulting QELRO values. Chapter IV introduces additional considerations, including which base year is used, the accounting of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), and the implications of efforts and achievements by parties to date. Annex I contains numerical examples of the transformation of pledges into QELROs, and Annex II contains illustrative examples of such transformation for the current pledges. [Publication: Revised Technical Paper: Issues Relating to the Transformation of Pledges for Emission Reductions into Quantified Emission Limitation and Reduction Objectives: Methodology and Examples]