2.3 Inventory Preparation Process

Last updated on 24 Jan 2013 17:05 by Kevin Hausmann

In Germany, emissions reporting is coordinated by a Single National Entity in the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Since the mid-1990s, when reporting obligations for preparation of emissions inventories of air pollutants and green house gases increased sharply, efforts to harmonise emissions calculation and reporting have been intensified. At the same time, requirements from reporting obligations relative to the UNECE Geneva Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution and its protocols, to the EU NEC Directive and to EU plant specific reporting obligations, must be taken into account.

The National System performed according to the requirements of the Kyoto-protocol provides for the preparation of inventories conforming to the principles of transparency, consistency, comparability, completeness and accuracy. Such conformance is achieved through extensive use of the methodological regulations provided by international institutions (UNECE, UNFCCC, IPCC, IPPC). The institutional arrangements are – like for greenhouse gases – as used for the reporting procedures established under the UNECE Convention and its protocols.

The instruments and stakeholder acting in inventory preparation have already been laid out in the previous section Institutional Arrangements. For even more details on the German national system as well as for the methods and processes used for the preparation of the emission inventory please refer to the National Inventory Report as submitted under the UNFCCC. The process of inventory preparation depicted there is exactly the same as the one used for air pollution emissions. Where differences occur, namely in the use of emission factors, the sector specific chapters of this report will provide further explanation.

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