Reviewing South Africa’s national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory

South Africa is party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and, as such, is required to report on its national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In 2016, South Africa initiated the process of compiling its fifth GHG inventory covering the period 2000 – 2012.  Requirements and protocol stipulate that national GHG inventories be subjected to an independent peer review in order to ensure the accuracy of the inventory and to build confidence in the results.

The importance of the accuracy of the GHG inventory cannot be overemphasised, as reporting is the first step in the reduction of emissions at a national level. Among many other countries, South Africa committed to reducing its GHG emissions nationally at the recent COP 21 Conference in Paris.  The numbers published in the national GHG inventory are used as the basis for measuring this reduction commitment.

IBIS was appointed by the Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa to conduct the independent review of the national GHG Inventory.  The work was led by our multi-disciplinary team who ensured the highest possible level of detail and accuracy of the information. Classified as a developing country, South Africa will have to report more frequently in future, providing yet another reason for robust reporting expertise.

The work done by IBIS included a technical review of all calculations and assumptions made in the compilation of the national inventory, a thorough review of all aspects of the reporting, and recommendations for improvement. Not only is the country’s reporting now more accurate, but South Africa is also in a stronger position to make more informed decisions around carbon reduction in the future.

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