ECRAN Regional Training Seminar on assessment of GHG Inventories in Agriculture

Date: 21-22.06.2016
Place: Zagreb, Croatia
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

Effective monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is critical for tracking progress towards the achievement of emission reduction targets. As Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol, the European Union and Member States are required to report annually on their GHG emissions. They also have to report regularly on their climate change policies and measures through National Communications.

The annual EU GHG inventory report is prepared on behalf of the European Commission by the European Environmental Agency each spring. In line with UNFCCC reporting requirements, each Member State's annual inventory covers emissions up until two years previously.

Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 on mechanisms for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and for reporting other information at national and Union level relevant to climate change (hereinafter: Monitoring Mechanism Regulation or MMR) revises and strengthens the EU's greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting framework in order to provide a better platform for EU action to tackle climate change. It fully substitutes the Decision No 280/2004/EC (Monitoring Mechanism Decision or MMD). Its main goals include improving the quality of the data reported, enabling the implementation of the Climate and Energy package through accurately tracking the progress of the Union and EU Member States towards meeting their emission targets for 2013-2020 and taking into account the periodic update at international level of the use of metrics (Global warming potentials) and methodologies (IPCC Guidelines) in the determination of greenhouse gas inventories.

General Objective

The aim of this training seminar is to gradually improve/increase technical knowledge and institutional and procedural capacities of the ECRAN countries to prepare submissions of the National Inventory Reports according to the requirements of the MMR.

Expected Results of the workshop

  • Quality control check of key categories with focus on completeness and accuracy
  • Identification of activity data gaps and providing recommendations and guidance for gap filling
  • Improved skills in selecting emission factors and other calculation parameters in agriculture
  • Setting priorities for country-specific short and long-term GHG inventory

This regional training seminar is based on the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

Participants are requested/encouraged to bring to the workshop their latest estimates (preferably in electronic form) for GHG emissions in the agriculture sector prepared in the framework of the UNFCCC reporting exercises. The training will address best practices, but also will go through the national inventory reporting on the agriculture sector in the Agriculture Reporting Clinics on day 2.