This programme had been undertaken since 1991 by the IPCC WG I in close collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). In 1999, the Technical Support Unit (TSU) set up at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan took over this programme in accordance with a decision taken by the IPCC at its 14th session.
The objectives of the TFI are:
-to develop and refine an internationally-agreed methodology and software for the calculation and reporting of national GHG emissions and removals; and
-to encourage the widespread use of this methodology by countries participating in the IPCC and by signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The TFI also undertakes additional activities to assist inventory compilers. We hold expert meetings on topics related to inventory compilation and our web site holds useful information and data.
The TFI has developed new inventory software implementing the 2006 Guidelines. This software has a number of improvements over earlier software for the 1996 Guidelines, including:
• Standalone software does not require any additional software
• Covers all inventory categories but can also be used for specific sectors
• Allows different parts of the inventory to be developed simultaneously
• Looks like worksheets in printed version for ease of use as it implements Tier 1 approaches
• Provides default data but gives users the flexibility to use their own information
The software is now available from the TFI website (http://www.ipcc-nggip.iges.or.jp/software/index.html) or on DVD from the TSU.
The Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) has a Bureau (TFB) with 14 members including its two Co-chairs, and a Technical Support Unit. The TFB assists and advises the TFI Co-Chairs with respect to preparation of TFI methodology reports, management of TFI activities, including workshops and expert meetings, and scoping meetings, etc. For more detail, please see TFI website.
The inauguration of the TSU took place on Saturday 25 September 1999 in Tokyo, Japan. Currently ten staff members are working in the TSU. For more details, please click here.
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