UN Climate Change launches online tools for Paris Agreement’s enhanced transparency framework

Staff Writer

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has officially launched its online reporting tools for the Paris Agreement’s Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF), a critical component of the global effort to combat climate change.

The new online tools will enable countries to track and report crucial climate data and information, including greenhouse gas inventories, progress made in implementing their national climate plans, and achievements in reducing emissions. This information will be used to inform the first Biennial Transparency Reports (BTRs), which are due by December 31, 2024.

The ETF is a key mechanism under the Paris Agreement, aimed at promoting transparency and accountability among countries in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The framework establishes standardised formats for countries to report their climate data, ensuring consistency and comparability across submissions.

At a national level, they will also be a vital enabling tool, helping countries to build a robust evidence base that governments can use to design stronger climate policies and national climate plans (known as Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs).

“Biennial Transparency Reports shine a light on progress. Knowledge gained will help countries make informed choices, set ambitious goals, and unlock the finance needed to support them,” said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell.

The new online tools enable countries to compile data and generate reporting tables using agreed formats, ensuring a more streamlined and consistent reporting process and enabling aggregation of data.

Data gathered through the BTRs will help governments assess their climate progress and pinpoint areas where resources and support are most needed. Having a clearer understanding of these needs, backed by data, will put countries in a better position to attract more financing and accelerate the achievement of their Paris Agreement commitments.

Following the first capacity and confidence building workshop held in Baku in May, the incoming COP29 Presidency is planning to hold additional training sessions, including on the margins of the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) workshop on inventory software, which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 4-6 September 2024.

Addressing Challenges and Building Capacity

While the benefits of climate reporting are clear, the UNFCCC said preparing reports can be challenging for some countries. it said not all countries have the same experience when it comes to reporting and review. Many nations, particularly developing countries, face problems gathering, managing and analysing data and producing reports.

UN Climate Change joined forces with other support providers to ensure countries have the information, training and hands-on experience to navigate the new tools and procedures, and is committed to developing more training and capacity-building programmes.

Over 1,900 experts from 150 countries have already been trained, building capacity for thousands of practitioners, including those working across other intergovernmental organisations.

Recently, parties to the UNFCCC met in Victoria Falls to assess programmes made in implementing resolutions of the Paris Agreement and strategise on how to meet the less than 1,5 degrees Celsius emissions target.
Environment and climate experts from 37 developing countries around the world met the UNFCCC Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) hands-on Africa regional training workshop.

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