Exchange Workshop on Institutional Arrangements for MRV

On 26-27 March 2014 a peer-to-peer exchange workshop on institutional arrangements for the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions took place in Berlin, Germany. About 25 participants from Chile, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico and the Philippines took part in the discussions. The event was jointly organized by the BMZ program Policy Advice for Environment and Climate Change (PAKLIM), the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV and the BMUB Information Matters project.

The objective of the event was to provide participating sector experts and government staff a forum to exchange views on latest developments around MRV in developing countries and its institutional arrangements. The discussions at the workshop delivered several useful and interesting observations. Some of them are listed below to summarize key points that came up in discussions:

  • MRV and GHG accounting needs to underlie mitigation actions and without reliable systems, there is a risk that mitigation policy could be void. National GHG inventories, on the other hand, are a key tool for countries to check on development of overall emission trends.
  • For MRV and its institutional arrangements, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Despite some common elements, there is diversity between countries.
  • Some developing countries are setting out to build GHG inventory systems that all but outperform developed countries in their level of ambition and effort. For the time being, however, the international requirements on technical guidelines, reporting frequencies and review procedures continue being less demanding than those in developed countries.
  • There are rather diverse perceptions regarding what best practices are for GHG accounting and MRV. Such diverse perceptions also extend to distinctions between developed and developing countries.
  • While there is some convergence of approaches for national GHG inventories among countries, views and approaches regarding the MRV of mitigation actions are diverse. A key issue for clarification could be how these relate to each other.
  • Although it is clear that there needs to be differentiation between MRV requirements for different countries also post-2020, there is no clarity on how to set standards for this. Ultimately, MRV requirements may need to be tailored to countries’ mitigation targets.

A report of the workshop will be published soon.

Presentations - Day 1

1- UNFCCC Secretariat - MRV Frameworks for Non-Annex I Parties under the UNFCCC
2- Germany Federal Environment Agency - Institutional and procedural arrangement of the German National System on Emission Inventories
3- Oeko-Institut - MRV of Climate policies and measures in Germany
4- Indonesia Ministry of Environment - Indonesia Policy on MRV of Climate Change Mitigation Action
5- Mexico Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Mexican Climate Change Law and Policy
6- Ricardo-AEA - National MRV developments in Kenya

7- Chile Ministry of the Environment - Reflexions on MRV in Chile
8- Philippines Climate Change Commission - Climate Change Mitigation Policy in the Philippines
Philippines Climate Change Commission - Information Matters Project: Capacity Building for Enhanced Reporting and Facilitation of International Mutual Learning through Peer-to-Peer Exchange
10- Chile Ministry of the Environment - BMUB-GIZ Infomation Matters Project: 2014 Roadmap for Chile
11- UNFCCC Secretariat - Toolkit for non-Annex I Parties on establishing and mantaining institutional arrangements for preparing NCs and BURs
International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV- Knowledge Product Summary: Institutional Arrangements for MRV
13- Germany Federal Environment Agency - Outlook on MRV system developments with view on post-2020 contributions
14- International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV - Main findings from the Partnership's Summer School 2013 "Tracking Progress and MRV for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions" on how to develop a pledge

Presentations - Day 2

1- Chile Ministry of the Environment - Experiences in NAI countries with accounting of mitigation impacts of policies and actions in Chile
2- Mexico Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Accounting of Mitigation Impacts of Policies and Actions
3- Belgium Ministry for the Environment - Belgium Experience with the GHG Protocol's Standards

4- Indonesia Directorate for Energy Efficiency - MRV Arrangements of Smart Street Lighting Initiative SSLI
5- Indonesia Ministry of Transport - Transport NAMA: Indonesia Sustainable Transport Programme SUTRI

6- Mexican-German NAMA Programme - MRV of the Mexico building NAMA
7- Chile Ministry of the Environment - MRV of an industry NAMA: Clean Production Agreements NAMA
8- Oeko-Institut - Integration of NAMAs into national MRV framework: how to link reporting on emission reduction into inventories
9- Chile Ministry of the Environment - Research and Participation Towards Low Carbon Climate Rescilient Development
10- Mexico Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Mexico's Preparation for pre-2020 pledges