UNFCCC secretariat (2017): New guidance document for peer review of GHG inventories for non-Annex I Parties

UNFCCC secretariat (2017): New guidance document for peer review of GHG inventories for non-Annex I Parties

A new guidance document for on conducting quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) for GHG inventories has been created by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, with the support of the Global Support Programme (GSP) for National Communications and Biennial Update Reports.

The document, entitled Guide for Peer Review of National GHG Inventories, aims to serve as a manual for experts to conduct QA for the GHG inventory and inventory development process. It describes how to perform QA of national GHG inventory management systems and national GHG inventories, taking into consideration and ensuring consistency with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for national GHG inventories, and the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) training materials, workbooks, templates on developing sustainable national GHG inventory systems.

The objectives of the guide are to (1) provide clear guidance for the peer-review of national GHG inventory reports and national GHG inventory man­agement systems, to achieve higher quality reporting, through the use of QA and QC procedures in a non-intrusive or punitive manner; (2) achieve enhanced capacity of national experts involved in the process of the preparation of national GHG in­ventories to develop high quality, transparent, national GHG inventory reports and maintain sustainable national GHG inventory management systems; and (3) facilitate the enhanced process of QA and QC of national GHG inventory reports, both across countries (peer-review) and within countries (expert-review).

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