Regional Training Seminar on Assessment of GHG Inventories in the Energy and Industrial Processes Sectors

Date: 19-21.11.2014
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.

Objectives of the training

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.

The training seminar is covering following activities of ECRAN’s Working Group 2 on “National inventory systems and the EU Monitoring Mechanism Regulation”:

  • Sub-task 2.1.C., Module 3 of the multi-module series of workshops related to capacity building on GHG inventory process in Energy sector and
  • Sub-task 2.2.A. related to regional technical training seminars on GHG inventory in Industrial processes sector

The results of this training will feed into assessment report which will include recommendations for short and long-term inventory improvements in relation to applied methodology, activity data and emission factors in the beneficiaries.

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

Expected Results of the training seminar
  • 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 Energy and Industrial process sector
  • Setting priorities for country-specific short and long-term GHG inventory improvements.