Joshua Forgotson is a Technical Specialist at ICF, a global professional services firm that delivers consulting services and technology solutions in energy, climate change, and other areas. He specializes in capacity building for national greenhouse gas inventories for non-Annex 1 country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He is also involved in developing GHG accounting methodologies, and applying them to mitigation projects in non-Annex 1 countries. He has direct, on-the-ground experience in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, and has supported Indonesia in collaboration with in-country partners.
New RALI Paper Highlights Tools to Strengthen Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories
National greenhouse gas inventories are critical for compliance with international reporting requirements on climate commitments, and to guide and monitor policy formulation and implementation for effective green growth.
Increasingly, these inventories are also being developed and used by states, municipalities, corporations, and organizations to better understand and manage their emissions and/or comply with emission reduction obligations. Yet many struggle with preparing emission inventories and ensuring they are sufficiently robust.
USAID’s RALI project described the benefits of a robust GHG inventory in a recent white paper, shining a light on three publicly available tools that demonstrably build capacity for improved emission inventories:
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA’s) “Developing a National Greenhouse Gas Inventory System” workbook
- US EPA’s inventory toolkit, and
- USAID’s National GHG Inventory System curriculum.
The paper describes each tool, along with the benefits it brings to inventory preparers at the national, municipal, and organizational levels. These tools systematically teach the vital processes of inventory management from start to finish by providing a comprehensive list of steps that sets the gold standard for inventory preparation. Used in tandem, these tools help inventory teams improve the quality of their inventory and instill a process that will increase the efficiency of inventory development over time.
The white paper is part of a new series launched by the USAID RALI project which is aimed at sharing examples of low emission development strategies in practice, including the economic, social, and environmental benefits and lessons learned.
Read the full paper here.
Marian Van Pelt is a Vice President at ICF, a global professional services firm that delivers consulting services and technology solutions in energy, climate change, and other areas. Marian currently leads ICF’s portfolio of greenhouse gas mitigation and accounting projects. Nominated by the United States to the UNFCCC's Roster of Experts, Marian is an internationally recognized expert in greenhouse gas emission inventories. She is working to support Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) through designing tools and training to quantify emissions and develop and track the impact of clean energy and other reduction policies. A key focus area of her portfolio is to help increase transparency of greenhouse gas reduction commitments and nationally determined contributions (NDCs).