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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Review Reports of Annual Submissions

19 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the individual review of the annual submissions of Latvia, Romania, Germany and Denmark, submitted in 2009.

The report of the individual review of the annual submission of Latvia submitted in 2009 (FCCC/ARR/2009/LVA) finds that the inventory is 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 inventory covers almost all source and sink categories for the period 1990-2007, and shows major improvements since the 2008 submission. However, the expert review team (ERT) identified a need for further improvements in a number of areas, including: transparency of documentation; the development of country-specific parameters; and the provision of consistent representation of lands for the LULUCF sector.

The report of the individual review of the annual submission of Romania submitted in 2009 (FCCC/ARR/2009/ROU) finds that the inventory is in line with the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines, but limited in its application of the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC Good Practice Guidance for LULUCF. The ERT noted that Romania has not implemented some significant improvements taking into account all of the recommendations made in the previous review report, particularly with regard to the collection of the data required to calculate emissions by sources and removals by sinks for key categories in accordance with the IPCC good practice guidance. However, the ERT further noted that Romania has implemented some of the recommendations made in the initial review report, namely the provision of enhanced documentation on its quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) plan, the inclusion of the LULUCF sector in the key category analysis, and the provision of a complete uncertainty analysis. The ERT recommends that Romania implement the improvement plan according to schedule; clearly report progress of implementation of the plan; and elaborate in the national inventory report (NIR) on the barriers that hampered implementation of the plan if it fails to implement it as scheduled in its next annual submission.

The report of the individual review of the annual submission of Germany submitted in 2009 (FCCC/ARR/2009/DEU) finds that the inventory does not follow completely the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC good practice guidance for LULUCF. The ERT found that Germany decided to adopt methodologies and default emission factors from the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for the first time and extensively, in particular for the agriculture sector, without showing that the accuracy of the inventory increased while comparability was maintained. The ERT recommends that Germany revise the emission estimates in line with the IPCC good practice guidance and the UNFCCC reporting guidelines for all sectors, and in particular for the agriculture sector, for the next annual submission. Germany acknowledged this finding at the time of the review and stated that it would undertake measures to revise the emission estimates and increase the transparency of reporting accordingly in the next annual inventory submission.

The report of the individual review of the annual submission of Denmark submitted in 2009 (FCCC/ARR/2009/DNK) finds that the inventory is generally in line with the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC good practice guidance for LULUCF. However, the ERT identified the need for further methodological improvements in the following areas: incorporate estimates of emissions and removals of Greenland in the key category and uncertainty analyses, and ensure consistency in the time series when using the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) data for more recent years. [Report for Latvia] [Report for Romania] [Report for Germany] [Report for Denmark]