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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases UK’s GHG Inventory

© UNFCCC30 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the 2007 and 2008 greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submissions of the UK (FCCC/ARR/2008/GBR). 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 indicates the 2008 inventory submission is of a high quality and shows improvement with regard to most of the issues identified in previous reviews.

The national inventory report (NIR) has been prepared in accordance with the structure outlined in the UNFCCC reporting guidelines and provides sufficient information, complete with references, on the national system, key categories, uncertainty analysis, recalculations, activity data and methodologies used to estimate emissions. The ERT encourages the UK to provide more information in the NIR on quality assurance procedures and the external review of the inventory.

The ERT finds that the UK has provided limited information on the general GHG emission trends in chapter 2 of the NIR and an insufficient trend analysis at the sectoral level, however detailed information on the trend analysis by sector and by category has been provided in annex 6 to the NIR. The ERT recommends that the UK present in detail in the appropriate chapter of the NIR the general trend analysis for overall GHG emissions (including explanations for variations in the trends by gas and by sector). In general, the 2008 submission is an improvement upon the 2007 submission. The

UK has taken into consideration the recommendations made in the initial review under the Kyoto Protocol that became available after the 2007 inventory had been submitted. No major inconsistencies were identified by the ERT between the data provided in the NIR and the information included in common report format summary table 3. However, several minor inconsistencies were identified, especially under the agriculture sector. The ERT encourages the party to address these inconsistencies in its next submission. [The document]