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New GHG data

The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) requested the secretariat to implement the necessary changes to the greenhouse gas (GHG) data interface following the adoption of the revised “Guidelines for the preparation of national communications by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention, Part I: UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual greenhouse gas inventories” (decision 24/CP.19).

The changes in the revised Annex I reporting guidelines include, inter alia:

  • the use of 2006 IPCC Guidelines in estimating emissions/removals;
  • reporting emissions/removals in kilotonnes (kt);
  • reporting on additional gases (NF3 and Unspecified mix of HFCs and PFCs);
  • reporting on additional categories (e.g. CO2 transport and storage, urea application).

In response to the mandate received from the SBSTA, the secretariat has made available four modules of the GHG data interface (Time Series, Global map – Annex I, GHG Profiles for Annex I and Non-Annex I and Detailed data by Party) reflecting data reported by Annex I Parties as of 15 April 2017 and the information provided in the national communications and biennial update reports of non-Annex I Parties submitted as of 31 December 2016.

With regard to the global map, it should be noted that:

  • The implementation is a temporary pilot version, to be replaced with a final version once its technical development is completed;
  • Designations employed and the presentation of material on the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the UNFCCC or the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

Further work will be ongoing, subject to the availability of resources.

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