Improving Emissions Control
Improving Emissions Control
Inventory Guidelines

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EMEP Reporting guidelines

The Guidelines provides guidance for reporting emission data related to the substances specified in section I of annex I to these Guidelines, and define the scope of reporting of emission-related information by Parties.Parties are required to report on the substances and for the years set forth in protocols that they have ratified and that have entered into force. The objectives of these Guidelines are to assist Parties, through a common approach, in meeting their obligations under the 1979 Geneva Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (hereinafter “the Convention”) and its protocols.


EMEP/EEA guidebook

The EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook (formerly referred to as the EMEP CORINAIR emission inventory guidebook) provides guidance on estimating emissions from both anthropogenic and natural emission sources. It is designed to facilitate reporting of emission inventories by countries to the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution and the EU National Emission Ceilings Directive. The EEA publishes the Guidebook, with the UNECE’s Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections having responsibility for the technical content of the chapters.


NEC directive

Air pollution travels over long distances and over national boundaries. In order to limit air pollution responsible for acidification, eutrophication and ground-level ozone pollution the European Community has policies in place limiting individual sources but also national totals of atmospheric emissions of four pollutants.



"This report on Good Practice Guidance and Uncertainty Management in National Greenhouse Gas Inventories is the response to the request from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to complete its work on uncertainty and prepare a report on good practice in inventory management.

This report provides good practice guidance to assist countries 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.

This report does not revise or replace the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, but provides a reference that complements and is consistent with those guidelines."


IPCC GL 2006

"This guidance assists countries in compiling complete, national inventories of greenhouse gases. The guidance has been structured so that any country, regardless of experience or resources, should be able to produce reliable estimates of their emissions and removals of these gases. In particular, default values of the various parameters and emission factors required are supplied for all sectors, so that, at its simplest, a country needs only supply national activity data. The approach also allows countries with more information and resources to use more detailed country-specific methodologies while retaining compatibility, comparability and consistency between countries. The guidance also integrates and improves earlier guidance on good practice in inventory compilation so that the final estimates are neither over- nor under-estimates as far as can be judged and uncertainties are reduced as far as possible."


Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines

The Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines contain three volumes, each of which provides assistance to the analyst in the preparation of national GHG inventories.


Guidelines for the preparation of National Communications

These UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual inventories cover the estimation and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals of both annual inventories and inventories included in national communications, as specified by decision 11/CP.4 and other relevant decisions of the COP.