Policy solutions for pressing problems like air pollution require sound data. Emission inventories can help in determining the major sources of air pollution in a given country.
As a result of integrated air pollution management strategies developed under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention), air quality has improved in the region over the past few decades. However, progress has also been uneven as the increase in energy production, industry growth and urban development has raised emissions in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Under the Air Convention, UNECE has therefore been assisting countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia to develop better emission inventories with a view to facilitating their ratification and implementation of the Air Convention and its key protocols.
A series of online workshops were held online for national experts in 2020. The workshops gave an introduction to requirements and emission reporting guidelines under the Convention and instructions on using templates. Participants also discussed the existing data set for the reporting period of 2020 and how to fill in data gaps.
This year, national experts in Kazakhstan (1-3 June), Kyrgyzstan (25-27 May) and the Republic of Moldova (16-18 March) participated in hands-on online trainings to work with national data sets. As a result of these workshops, Kazakhstan and the Republic of Moldova submitted their emission inventories, including the methodological report (Informative Inventory Report).
For more information on capacity-building under the UNECE Air Convention, please visit: http://www.unece.org/environmental-policy/conventions/envlrtapwelcome/capacity-building.html.