The greenhouse gas inventory preparation is guided by the guidelines of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The guidelines cover all emission sectors. The IPCC guidelines offer the reporting countries the possibility of selecting the inventory calculation methods best suited for its resources and level of knowledge. Specific guidance for reporting is given in the decisions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and under the Kyoto Protocol.
The annual greenhouse gas inventory reporting is done with tables of common reporting format and a national inventory report according to the guidelines of the UNFCC.
Decisions and guidelines concerning the EU's monitoring mechanism impose their own requirements on the national inventories of the Member States.
- Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
- IPCC Good Practice Guidance and Uncertainty Management in National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (2000)
- IPCC Good Practice Guidance for LULUCF (2003)
- IPCC 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
- 2013 Revised Supplementary Methods and Good Practice Guidance Arising from the Kyoto Protocol
- 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands
UNFCCC reporting guidelines
- UNFCCC Guidelines on annual inventories (2006)
- Annotated outline of the National Inventory Report including reporting elements under the Kyoto Protocol
- Revision of the UNFCCC reporting Guidelines on annual inventories (2013)
Kyoto Protocol reporting guidelines
- Decision15/CMP.1 Guidelines for the preparation of the information required under Article 7 of the Kyoto Protocol (2005)
- Decision 16/CMP.1 Land use, land-use change and forestry (2005)
Further information in UNFCCC pages Reporting Requirements.
Last updated 19 Oct 2018