UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Poland’s GHG Inventory

© UNFCCC28 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas inventory submissions of Poland submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/POL). The expert review team (ERT) finds the inventory to be generally 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).

The ERT finds that the 2008 inventory submission is generally of a high quality, shows significant improvement in terms of the consistency of the national inventory reporting (NIR) with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines, and covers most source and sink categories for the period 1988–2006. However, the ERT identifies a need for further improvements in the following areas: the level of detail and completeness of the information reported in the NIR; providing an explanation for the categories that are reported as not estimated (“NE”) but for which an estimation methodology is included in the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines, and ensuring the consistency of reporting such information in the common reporting format (CRF) tables and the NIR; addressing the time-series consistency in accordance with the IPCC good practice guidance; reporting recalculations in the NIR and CRF tables in a transparent and consistent way; documenting sectoral quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures; and obtaining geographical information on land use to ensure that the inventories of the LULUCF sector meet future reporting requirements, in particular those requirements related to Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4, of the Kyoto Protocol. [The document]