In 2002 the secretariat prepared a note on methodological issues (FCCC/SBSTA/2002/INF.12
in which it informed about methodological activities being undertaken by the SBSTA, the SBI, the secretariat
and the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism.
Elements of methodological work
SBSTA 17 (New Delhi, October 2002) took note of information provided and noted that numerous activities
relating to the development of guidelines for reporting information, including national communications, and
to the dissemination of information on methods, guidelines, modalities and rules, have been initiated and
implemented under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. The SBSTA concluded that the future implementation
of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and the future elaboration of the climate change process would
benefit from further consideration of ongoing methodological activities and from the development of a
strategic approach to future work.
After SBSTA 17 the secretariat compiled submissions by Parties on their initial views on needs for specific
methodological activities and on a strategic approach to future methodological work, for example, what
methodological work should be done, how should it be done, who should undertake the work and what are the
and prepared a synthesis (FCCC/SBSTA/2003/INF.1).
SBSTA 18 (Bonn, June 2003) initiated discussions on elements of a possible work programme. It noted the
need to organize the methodological work in an effective and efficient manner and to prioritise it, taking
into account discussions under various agenda items. SBSTA 18 invited Parties to submit, by 15 August 2003,
their further views on elements of a possible future work programme. SBSTA 18 requested the secretariat to
update the elements of the possible future work programme for consideration by SBSTA 19.
SBSTA 19 (Milan, December 2003) considered the synthesis of proposals by Parties on elements of a future
work programme (FCCC/SBSTA/2003/INF.8).
It requested the secretariat to organize a workshop in the second half of 2004 on emissions
projections of Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties), as a contribution to
the preparation of their fourth national communications. The workshop would cover methods,
assumptions, indicators, key parameters of models and sensitivity analysis, and dissemination of
methodologies. A report on the workshop will be prepared for consideration by SBSTA21.
Furthermore, it invited Parties to submit to the secretariat, by 30 September 2004, information on
national systems under Article 5, paragraph 1, of the Kyoto Protocol for the preparation of national
GHG inventories. The secretariat, subject to availability of resources, to organize a workshop on this
topic in the first half of 2005. The secretariat to compile information on national systems for the
preparation of national GHG inventories included in national inventory reports and inventory review reports
as an input to this workshop, as part of its consideration of Articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol.
Possible development of a data interface
SBSTA 18 noted the importance of reliable information and considered the proposal for the development of a
data interface (FCCC/SBSTA/2003/MISC.3/Add.1).
The SBSTA requested the secretariat to prepare a paper taking stock of availability, accessibility and
comparability of existing sources of emissions data and relevant socio-economic data, and to develop
options for the development, hosting and management of a data interface, including cost implications.
SBSTA 19 reaffirmed the importance of reliable information relevant to climate change and recognized that
the secretariat’s Greenhouse Gas Information System is the authoritative repository of greenhouse gas
(GHG) data reported by Parties to the Convention. It requested the secretariat to continue its
efforts to improve access to GHG data and other relevant information on the secretariat web site and
through other means.
The SBSTA noted the need to improve access by Parties to existing data and analytical tools, with a view
to, inter alia, assisting Parties to build their capacity for analysis and decision-making and to implement
their commitments under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. It recognized that the development of
a data interface could be an important approach to meeting these needs.
The SBSTA requested the secretariat, subject to the availability of resources, to initiate a scoping phase
for consideration of a data interface and to facilitate this by providing links on its web site to the
sources of data referenced in document FCCC/SBSTA/2003/INF.9. The SBSTA invited Parties to submit to
the secretariat, by 30 July 2004, their views on a possible data interface and other issues raised in
document FCCC/SBSTA/2003/INF.9. The SBSTA requested the secretariat to provide a synthesis of the
views of Parties on the options for development of a data interface contained in document
FCCC/SBSTA/2003/INF.9. The SBSTA decided to continue consideration of this matter at its twenty-first
Greenhouse gas inventories
SBSTA 17 also invited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to revise the Revised 1996 IPCC
Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (IPCC Guidelines), taking into consideration relevant
work under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, including work by the SBSTA, the SBI, and the
Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the
Convention, and the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories of Annex I Parties. The ninth session of
the Task Force Bureau of the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Programme noted that views from Parties
would assist the IPCC to perform this task. Parties provided in their submissions specific views on the
future revision of the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventories. SBSTA 18 invited the IPCC
to take note of the above mentioned synthesis document and views submitted by Parties.