UNFCCC Publishes Switzerland’s GHG Inventory Review Report

16 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of Switzerland's 2011 annual submission (FCCC/ARR/2011/CHE), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 2.2% between 1990 and 2009, and that the energy sector accounted for 81.3% of total GHG emissions.

Switzerland's annual submission contains: its GHG inventory, comprising common reporting format (CRF) tables and a national inventory report (NIR); and supplementary information under Kyoto Protocol Article 7.1 (reporting of various supplementary information). The report highlights that during the review, the Expert Review Team (ERT) that conducted the centralized review noted that Switzerland's reporting did not include methane and carbon dioxide emissions from certain emission sources, and that in response to questions raised by the ERT, Switzerland provided these missing estimates. It concludes that the inventory now covers all mandatory source and sink categories for 1990-2009, and is complete in terms of years and geographical coverage.

It further notes that the inventory is generally in line with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines and various guidelines by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The ERT stresses that Switzerland made some improvements following the recommendations of previous reviews, but that there is still some room for further improvement

In the report, the ERT identifies a number of cross-cutting issues for improvement and formulates some recommendations relating to the completeness and transparency of the information on each sector presented in Switzerland's annual submission. It concludes that the review did not identify any questions of implementation. [Publication: Report of the Individual Review of the Annual Submission of Monaco Submitted in 2011]