New agreement signed to support NIS development

MoU handshake Yuttasak Jannarong ShutstockThe agreement has been signed to facilitate development of National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Systems. (Image Source: Yuttasak Jannarong/Shutterstock)United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) have signed an agreement to develop National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Systems (NIS) for Oman and Kuwait

The programme is intended to help these countries monitor progress towards the international climate targets agreed in Paris last December.

Signed by Dubai Carbon CEO Ivano Iannelli and UNEP director and regional representative Iyad Abumoghli, the agreement also allows for future collaboration in other Gulf Countries.

HE Dr. Abumoghli said, “This MoU represents a special and significant commitment to engage and establish the best possible solutions to develop climate change strategies for the nations involved. We will continue to partner with leading industry bodies to bring about an improvement in the systems and processes to effectively manage climate change”.

Ivano Iannelli stated, “This agreement represents a step forward in the right direction towards the larger mission as outlined by the government of Oman and Kuwait. We firmly believe that the partnership with UNEP will develop a comprehensive NIS to monitor the critical data on climate change and implement effective strategies to monitor the results it will deliver.”

Data received from the new systems will inform the decisions of greenhouse-gas-emitting entities, their regulatory bodies and respective environment agencies. UNEP and DCCE will also implement an online reporting system and database to capture baseline data as of 2015 and maintain records on annual basis.

The project will devise procedures and protocols for reporting in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) standards, with definitions for reporting data tailored to national conditions. Quality assurance and control procedures will also be proposed, capturing them in a user-friendly manual.

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