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UNFCCC Publishes UK’s GHG Inventory Review Report

27 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of the UK (FCCC/ARR/2011/GBR), which shows that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 27.2% between 1990 and 2009, and by 8.7% in 2009 compared with 2008.

The report outlines that the Expert Review Team (ERT) concluded that the UK's inventory submission has been prepared and reported in accordance with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual inventories. The ERT also concluded that the information required has been supplied and that where necessary, adjustments have been made. It then formulated some sector-specific recommendations relating to the transparency and accuracy of the information presented in the submission, including: increasing the transparency on reported recalculations in the energy and waste sectors; improving the information provided on the treatment of feedstocks and non-energy use of fuels; improving the transparency of the agriculture sector by including more information on country-specific emission factors and other parameters; ensuring that there is a full representation of land areas under deforestation by including Northern Ireland, the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies for the entire time series; and improving the completeness with respect to unaccounted emissions from the Overseas Territories under the waste sector. [Publication: Report of the Individual  Review of the 2011 Annual Submission of the UK]