UNFCCC Releases Individual Review of New Zealand

10 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the individual review of the annual submission of New Zealand submitted in 2009 (FCCC/ARR/2009/NZL).

In the report, the Expert Review Team (ERT) finds that the inventory is in line with the Revised 1996 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines, the IPCC Good Practice Guidance and the IPCC Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF). It states that the submission is of a high quality and shows improvement in the major issues, such as increased capacity of the national system, and increased quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) activities and institutional arrangements, as compared with the 2008 submission.

However, while New Zealand states in table A8.2.1 of the national inventory report (NIR) that no significant testing was performed during the reporting period, it does not state whether or not there was a change in the test procedures or results. The ERT recommends that New Zealand state whether or not changes have been made to the test procedures or test results in the NIR of its next annual submission. The ERT also encourages New Zealand to explore the possibility of structuring its reporting, in its next annual submission, following the annotated outline of the NIR, and the guidance contained therein, that can be found on the UNFCCC website. In the course of the review, the ERT urged New Zealand to implement all of the recommendations from the current and previous reviews in its next annual submission after the publication of this report. [The Report]