Uganda launches digital Greenhouse Gas Inventory SystemOct 21, 2016
KAMPALA - Uganda today launched its National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory System. This is another critical step in the country’s efforts to meet its contribution to the global effort of emission reduction under the Paris Agreement for Climate Change.
Launched at the Ministry of Water and Environment’s Climate Change Department, the system is expected to help Uganda not only track and report its emissions but also effectively prioritise emission reduction actions in key sectors to address climate change.
“By ratifying the Paris agreement early, Uganda has shown real commitment to mitigate and adapt to climate change,” said Kristian Schmidt, H.E Ambassador of the EU delegation to Uganda. “With this new tracking and inventory system, Uganda’s decision-makers will be guided to implement the most effective measures against greenhouse gases and climate change. So as Uganda’s economy grows, remember to step on the gas!”
The launch of Uganda’s GHG Inventory System was organised ahead of the upcoming Climate Summit, the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), in Marrakesh. It signals the country’s commitment to transitioning from a low carbon economy.
With the Paris Agreement entering into force on November 4, 2016 and a Climate Summit focused on “Action,” Uganda is taking keen steps towards implementation of its climate targets.
In line with reporting requirements from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the digital platform incorporates the key sectors of Energy, Transport, Industry, Waste and Agriculture, Forestry and other land use (AFOLU).
Data for the IPCC categories has been provided by the respective Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments, who have all received training in data collection, management and reporting for the GHG Inventory.
“The GHG Inventory System is one of the first country-wide, digital platforms to track and report emissions,” noted Onesimus Muhwezi, Team Leader, Climate Change Response and Disaster Risk Reduction at UNDP Uganda. “But what has been equally impressive, is to see how Uganda’s ministries, agencies and academia have come together over the last two years, and worked hard to make this a reality.”
The GHG Inventory System, which has been in development since 2013, was created through a collaborative process involving all key stakeholders. This process was supported by UNDP’s Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) project in Uganda and one of its key areas of work was to strengthen the country’s technical and institutional capacity to develop a National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory System.
The Uganda LECB project is supported with the generous funding in the amount of USD 1,275,500.00 by the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation - Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Government of Australia.
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