Module 2: Regional training on uncertainty assessment of GHG inventories

Date: 08-09.07.2014
Place: Podgorica, Montenegro
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

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) fully substitutes the Decision No 280/2004/EC (Monitoring Mechanism Decision or MMD) and as such provides the legal basis to implement revised domestic commitments set out in the 2009 climate and energy package (20-20-20 commitments), as well as to ensure timely and accurate monitoring of the progress in implementation of these commitments.

The revised mechanism also enhances the current reporting rules on GHG emissions to meet requirements arising from current and future international climate agreements as well as the 2009 climate and energy. It aims to improve the quality of data reported, help the EU and Member States keep track of package1 progress towards meeting their emission targets for 2013-2020 and facilitate further development of the EU climate policy mix.

With the submission of the NIRs, Member States have to provide information on various elements needed to prepare the Union greenhouse gas inventory report, including a general uncertainty assessment.

The report on Good Practice Guidance and Uncertainty Management in National Greenhouse Gas Inventories of the UNFCCC provides good practice guidance to assist all parties to the Kyoto Protocol in producing inventories that are neither over nor underestimates so far as can be judged, and in which uncertainties are reduced as far as practicable. To this end, it supports the development of inventories that are transparent, documented, consistent over time, complete, comparable, assessed for uncertainties, subject to quality control and quality assurance, and efficient in the use of resources.

Objectives of the Workshop:

The workshop is the second Module of the multi-module series of workshops to be implemented in the framework of ECRAN’s Working Group 2 on “National inventory systems and the EU Monitoring Mechanism Regulation”.

• Module 1 included regional training on GHG inventory development process with a focus on the energy sector which was completed in Croatia on 5 – 7 March 2014.
This Module 2 will deal with uncertainty assessment of GHG inventories
• Module 3 will be held in October 2014, June 2015 and March 2016 and will include field training on assessment of GHG inventories from the fuel combustion activities and fugitive emissions from fuels.
This regional training workshop is based on the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, the IPCC Good Practice Guidance and Uncertainty Management in National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and elements of 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

Expected Results of the training

The expected results are:

• Improved understanding of uncertainty analysis, including the methods to estimate uncertainties
• Improved skills on quantifying uncertainties in Energy sector using tier 1 method through a practical exercise
• Participants are familiarized on how Member States implement uncertainty assessment by using different methods, including Monte Carlo approach
• Participants are familiarized on how uncertainty is managed / assessed in different CRF sectors (energy, industry, agriculture, waste and LULUCF) in different Member States and in ECRAN beneficiaries