The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its new, updated methodology used by governments to more accurately measure their greenhouse gas emissions and removals.
The updated framework will be used by signatory governments to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, including obligations under the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.
The updated IPCC methodology improves this transparency and reporting process by ensuring that the methodology used to determine these inventories is based on the latest science.
“The 2019 Refinement provides an updated and sound scientific basis for supporting the preparation and continuous improvement of national greenhouse gas inventories,” said Kiyoto Tanabe, Co-Chair of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI)
The 2019 Refinement provides supplementary methodologies to estimate sources that produce emissions of greenhouse gases and sinks that absorb these gases. It also addresses gaps in the science that were identified, new technologies and production processes have emerged, or for sources and sinks that were not included in the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.
“Our authors have examined a wide range of inventory methodologies and updated them where scientific advances and new knowledge made this necessary, following the IPCC decision,” said Eduardo Calvo, Co-Chair of the TFI.