On May 13 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an update to its methodology used by governments to estimate their greenhouse gas emissions and removals.
The new report provides guidelines to support accurate inventory of greenhouse gases. Using updated scientific methods, the requirement for governments to report their emissions and removals to the UNFCCC will be greatly improved and more transparent.
The new technologies and production processes that have emerged since the 2006 IPCC guidelines will improve the accuracy of reporting on four sectors: energy; industrial processes and product use; agriculture, forestry and other land use; and waste.
The pace at which technological and scientific innovations mean that updated methodologies for these processes are essential.
The accuracy of reporting greenhouse gas emissions and removals is critical to addressing the climate crisis. Having transparent information that links the emission to the source and the amount of activity causing the emission will enable governments to utilise this data and focus on efforts towards reducing emissions more effectively.
Furthermore, an accurate inventory of emission removals will help governments see which methods are most effective and make legislation accordingly.