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Press release 13.11.2006

International release of Good Practice Guidance for National Greenhouse Gas Inventory

In its 25th session in Port Louis, Mauritius, 26-28 April, 2006, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) accepted a new revision of Good Practice Guidance for National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The aim of the new guidance version is to clarify the reporting methodologies based on the newest research. The document consists of guidance on specific emission inventory methods used in energy production, industrial processes, land use and waste management.

The signatory members of the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC), including Finland, will use the Guidance as the basis for their annual greenhouse gas reporting. In Finland, the reporting is coordinated by Statistics Finland. The Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) is responsible for the reporting of forest land use, as well as for monitoring land use change in some other categories. Metla’s own expert body for the calculation is led by Professor Erkki Tomppo.

Dr Jukka Alm and Dr Kim Pingoud from Metla participated in the production of the Guidance for GHG emissions from land use, Alm as an expert for wetlands and Pingoud for wood products. In 2004-2006, compiling the Guidance took the labour force of hundreds of experts, supervised by a special IPCC group in Japan. Prior to acceptance, the document passed expert revision and a commentary round by Governments. The new Good Practice Guidance for National Greenhouse Inventory.

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