Methodology Reports Services
Since 1992, the IPCC has been preparing methodologies and guidelines to assist Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol to prepare national inventories of greenhouse gas emissions by sources and removals by sinks. The last major publication was the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.
In October 2013, the IPCC accepted two new Methodology Reports prepared by its Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI); the 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands (Wetlands Supplement) and the 2013 Revised Supplementary Methods and Good Practice Guidance arising from the Kyoto Protocol (KP Supplement).
At its 33rd session, the IPCC decided to produce additional guidance – the Wetlands Supplement – to cover inland wetlands such as peatlands, draining and rewetting of organic soils, and coastal wetlands such as mangroves. This was requested by the UNFCCC, and the IPCC hopes that the 2013 supplementary guidance will make an important contribution to future international action on wetlands. More information about the Wetlands Supplement can be found here.
At the invitation of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC, and following agreement by the IPCC at its 35th Session, the TFI completed the KP Supplement. This supplement is a review and an update of the good practice guidance on estimating greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the Kyoto Protocol. More information about the KP Supplement can be found here
The TFI has also produced IPCC Inventory Software. It is available free on CD or can be downloaded here. The TFI also produces other material to assist users of the guidelines, such as the Emissions Factor Database (EFDB).