Bilbao, Spain, June, 2017 - More than 190 experts will meet in Bilbao on June 7-14 to begin work on
a new Methodology Report to update the guidelines countries use for estimating greenhouse gas emissions
and removals, bringing them into line with the new requirements of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The meeting will launch the preparation of the new Report 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for
National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (2019 Refinement). In particular the authors will elaborate the chapter
outlines, allocate tasks among Lead Authors, and decide milestones between this and the Second Lead Author Meeting,
which will take place in September this year. After another two meetings in 2018, the 2019 Refinement is planned to
be finalized, and be adopted and accepted by the IPCC Plenary, in May 2019.
“Bureau or the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories concluded that the 2006 IPCC Guidelines still
provide a technically sound methodological basis of national greenhouse gas inventories; however, to maintain their
scientific validity, certain refinements are required, taking into account scientific and other technical advances
Gas Inventories (2019 Refinement),” said Mr. Kiyoto Tanabe, Co-Chair of the IPCC’s Task Force on National Greenhouse
The meeting is co-organized by Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), with the collaboration of the Basque Government’s
Department of Environment, the University of the Basque Country and the Spanish Climate Change Office
María José Sanz, Scientific Director of BC3, said the 2019 Refinement would provide all countries with a common framework
to move forward with the commitments arising from the Paris Agreement
“Science must deliver in order to generate certainty and guidance, as an essential contribution to political action,” she
said “The choice of Bilbao to host this important gathering is a great recognition.”
The format and structure will be the same as the 2006 IPCC Guidelines (i.e. Overview Chapter and 5 Volumes) so as to make
it easier for inventory compilers to use the 2019 Refinement in conjunction with the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was created in 1988 to deliver comprehensive
reviews on the scientific, technical and socio-economic state of knowledge of climate change, its
causes, possible repercussions and response strategies.
Its contribution to understanding climate change has been fundamental to creating global agreements
on common goals, the last of which, the Paris Agreement, aims to strengthen the global response to
the threat of climate change, including by holding the increase in the global average temperature
to well below 2 ºC above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase
to 1.5 ºC above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and
impacts of climate change. Governments agreed to set Nationally Determined Contributions to reach this
goal, which will be reviewed regularly.
In its last report, the Fifth Assessment Report, the IPCC found that anthropogenic emissions of
greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, are extremely likely to have been
the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century. It found that limiting climate change
would require substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
The IPCC is organised in three thematic Working Groups, and a Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas
Inventories (TFI). The TFI is responsible for development of internationally-agreed methodology for
countries to estimate its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). The latest comprehensive guidelines on
such methodology produced by TFI were produced in 2006, titled the “2006 IPCC Guidelines for National
Greenhouse Gas Inventories” (2006 IPCC Guidelines). The 2006 IPCC Guidelines are used by many countries
in the world to estimate and report their national GHG emissions.
At its 41st Session in February 2015, the IPCC decided to produce a Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). At
its 42nd Session in October 2015 it elected a new Bureau to oversee the work on this report and Special
Reports to be produced in the assessment cycle. At its 43rd Session in April 2016, it decided to produce
three Special Reports, a Methodology Report and AR6.
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