The Kyoto Protocol’s effectiveness will depend upon two critical factors: whether Parties
follow the Protocol’s rulebook and comply with their commitments; and whether the emissions
data used to assess compliance is reliable. Recognizing this, the Kyoto Protocol and Marrakesh
Accords, adopted by CMP 1 in Montreal, Canada, in December 2005, include a set of monitoring and
compliance procedures to enforce the Protocol’s rules, address any compliance problems, and
avoid any error in calculating emissions data and accounting for transactions under the three Kyoto
mechanisms (emissions trading, clean development mechanism and joint implementation) and activities
related to land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).
The Protocol’s monitoring procedures are based on existing reporting and review procedures
under the Convention, building on experience gained in the climate change process over the past
decade. They also involve additional accounting procedures that are needed to track and record
Parties’ holdings and transactions of Kyoto Protocol units - assigned amount units (AAUs),
certified emission reductions (CERs) and emission reduction units (ERUs) - and removal units (RMUs)
generated by LULUCF activities.
Articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol address reporting and review of information by Annex I
Parties under the Protocol, as well as national systems and methodologies for the preparation of
greenhouse gas inventories.
- Article 5 commits Annex I Parties to having in place, no later than 2007, national systems for
the estimation of greenhouse gas emissions by sources and removals by sinks (Article 5.1). It also
states that, where agreed methodologies (that is, the revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National
Greenhouse Gas Inventories, see decision 2/CP.3) are not used to
estimate emissions and removals, appropriate "adjustments" should be applied (Article 5.2).
- Article 7 requires Annex I Parties to submit annual greenhouse gas inventories, as well as
national communications, at regular intervals, both including supplementary information to
demonstrate compliance with the Protocol. In addition, Article 7 states that the Conference of the
Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (CMP) shall decide upon modalities for
the accounting of assigned amounts prior to the first commitment period.
- Article 8 establishes that expert review teams will review the inventories, and national
communications submitted by Annex I Parties.