The Expert Review Team concludes that Ireland's greenhouse gas inventory is generally in line with UNFCCC and IPCC guidelines, but that the transparency of reporting could be improved further, in particular in relation to methodologies used for estimating emissions for some categories in the energy, industrial processes and waste sectors.
16 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/IRL) of the individual review of the annual submission of Ireland submitted in 2010.
The Expert Review Team (ERT) concludes that the information reported in Ireland’s inventory submission has been prepared in accordance with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines. Ireland has submitted a complete set of common reporting format (CRF) tables for the years 1990 -2008 and a national inventory report (NIR). The inventory is complete in terms of gases, geographical coverage, years and sectors, and complete in terms of categories. Only some categories were reported as not estimated “NE” in the energy and waste sectors, but all of those are categories for which there are no methodologies to estimate emissions available in the Revised 1996 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines or in the IPCC good practice guidance. The ERT encourages Ireland to estimate emissions for these categories in its next annual submission, in order to improve completeness. Ireland’s inventory is generally in line with the UNFCCC reporting guidelines, the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance, and the IPCC good practice guidance for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). However, the ERT underlines that the transparency of the reporting could be enhanced further. The ERT recommends, among other things, that Ireland should: provide more precise and transparent descriptions of the methodologies used for estimating emissions for some categories in the energy, industrial processes and waste sectors; and improve the completeness of the inventory, in particular by reporting estimates of the remaining emissions reported as “NE” in the LULUCF sector. [Publication: Report of the Individual Review of the Annual Submission of Ireland Submitted in 2010]