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U.N. panel agrees on new guidelines to more accurately measure emissions

  • May 13, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 10:11 a.m.
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KYOTO — A U.N. panel on climate change said Monday it has agreed on updated guidelines to more accurately measure countries’ greenhouse gas emissions, including ways to calculate emissions resulting from hydrogen production.

 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopted a new methodology report following a five-day general assembly meeting that ended Sunday in the city of Kyoto, ahead of the full commencement of the Paris Agreement next year.

 

The report, which updates the previous one compiled in 2006, shows ways to calculate emissions from the production of hydrogen used in fuel cells and other products as well as those resulting from coal mining and natural gas drilling.

 

It also enables countries to estimate more precisely the emissions associated with landfill disposal and drainage treatment.

 

The guidelines will be introduced once they are approved at a climate change conference later in the year.

 

It was the second time Japan hosted an IPCC general assembly meeting.

 

The Paris climate agreement, which went into force in 2016 as a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, aims to keep an increase in average world temperatures to “well below” 2 C compared to pre-industrial levels to limit the occurrence of droughts, floods, melting glaciers, rising sea levels and other adverse effects of global warming.

 

Countries submit their own nationally determined climate actions and have an obligation to implement these plans.

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