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Commission publishes guidelines for review of GHG inventories; necessary step towards setting nation...


The European Commission has published guidelines for a technical review of EU Member States' greenhouse gas emissions inventories. The review, which should be completed by August 2012, is necessary for the Commission to set national limits for 2013-20 on emissions not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

The guidelines, which are published as a Staff Working Document, were prepared for the Commission by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in close consultation with Member State experts in the EU Climate Change Committee. The review will be coordinated by a review secretariat at the EEA assisted by a technical expert review team.

The 2009 Effort Sharing Decision lays down, for the period 2013-20, binding national limits on annual greenhouse gas emissions not covered by the EU ETS. These emissions concern sectors such as transport, buildings, agriculture and waste. Emissions from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) are not included in the Effort Sharing Decision.

The Commission intends later this year to set the 2013-20 national emission limits in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent on the basis of the reviewed and verified emissions data. The review will cover Member States' emission inventories for the reference years: 2005, and 2008-2010.