USAID RDMA Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) Program and
Improving Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia
Asia Clean Energy Forum 2012, Pre-Forum Event
Asian Development Bank Headquarters, Manila
A greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory provides critical information about the size and profile of GHG emissions to the atmosphere at the national, municipal, and entity levels. An inventory also allows for tracking of reduction of emissions to the atmosphere. Inventories inform policy and decision makers of the key sectors and activities that drive the majority of their emissions and help identify sectors and activities that are the most critical to address. Managing emissions is therefore integral to the development of low emission development strategies (LEDS) in Asian countries. The ability to measure emissions by developing a GHG inventory will play a critical role in promoting sustainable economic development and achieving the “green growth” objectives that are increasingly part of national economic development plans in Asia.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is sponsoring an interactive workshop on Improving Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia on June 4, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. This workshop will promote the sound establishment of GHG inventories as a foundation for developing LEDS and for promoting sustainable economic growth. It will explore inventory development experiences in various Asian countries and demonstrate how inventories support climate change and green growth policy and decision-making. Panelists will discuss inventory fundamentals such as:
Potential linkages within countries and regionally among countries will be discussed, including the opportunity for regional sharing of data and a regional registry to log GHG emissions.
The workshop program will be organized around an introductory session followed by three panel discussions, each with time for discussion and audience participation. Panelists include representatives from national governments and local government units, research institutes that are directly involved in GHG inventory development, NGOs, and the private sector.