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Annex I Greenhouse Gas Inventories

The objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is to stabilize greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent and reduce dangerous human-induced interference with the climate system. The ability of the international community to achieve this objective is dependent on an accurate knowledge of GHG emissions trends, and on our collective ability to alter these trends.

In accordance with Articles 4 and 12 of the Convention and the relevant decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP), Annex I Parties to the Convention submit to the secretariat national greenhouse gas inventories of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases not controlled by the Montreal Protocol. These inventories are subject to an annual technical review process. In addition, Annex I Parties provide inventory data in summary form in their national communications and biennial reports under the Convention.

Important guidance

Revision of the UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual inventories for Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (decision 24/CP.19

Updated “Guidance for reporting information on activities under Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4, of the Kyoto Protocol” (decision 6/CMP.9)

Updated “Guidelines for the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to greenhouse gas inventories, biennial reports and national communications by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention” (decision 13/CP.20)

Updated "Training programme for review experts for the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories of Parties included in Annex I to the Convention” (decision 14/CP.20)

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