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UNFCCC Publishes the UK’s 2010 GHG Report

13 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/GBR) of the individual review of the annual submission of the UK.

In the report, the Expert Review Team (ERT) concludes that the annual submission of the UK has been prepared and reported in accordance with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines. The inventory submission is complete the UK has submitted a complete set of common reporting format (CRF) tables for the years 1990–2008 and an national inventory report (NIR). These are generally complete in terms of geographical coverage, sectors, categories and gases. However, the following categories, for which methodologies are available in the Revised 1996 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines and the IPCC good practice guidance, were reported as not estimated (NE): CH4 emissions from other leakage of natural gas; direct and indirect N2O emissions from the application of sewage sludge to agricultural soils; and N2O emissions from the disturbance of soils associated with forest land and grassland conversion to cropland.

In response to recommendations of the ERT, the UK provided information indicating its plan to address the first two of those categories in its next annual submission. The UK's inventory is generally in line with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines, the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC good practice guidance for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). However, the following were not in line with the IPCC good practice guidance: the reporting of fuel consumption for and emissions from direct flights between the UK and its overseas territories as a memo item under international aviation bunkers; the reporting of emissions from the LULUCF sector for the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories under the sector other; the incomplete reporting on feedstocks and non-energy use of fuels; and the use, without adequate justification, of country-specific annual leakage rates for HFC emissions from transport refrigeration that are inconsistent with the IPCC defaults and the rates of other parties. [Publication: Report of the Individual Review of the Annual Submission of the United Kingdom Submitted in 2010]