A brief history of the German national reporting system on climate change
This paper illustrates the development of Germany’s national reporting system on climate change up to the present day. It aims to elaborate on important milestones shaping the development of the German system at the German Environment Agency (UBA), alongside international developments related to climate change reporting, particularly those under the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol. It intends to shed light on the national drivers behind the implementation of the national reporting system and how international processes have been influencing its development.
This historical perspective on the German system provides lessons learned and experiences that could be useful for other countries in their efforts to establish a robust and self-sustaining Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of greenhouse gases system. It also aims to demonstrate that a national reporting system needs to be built and improved over time.