Building a sustainable greenhouse gases inventory system in Macedonia

Pavlina Zdraveva (Energy and Environment, United Nation Development Programme, Skopje, Macedonia)
Teodora Obradovic Grncarovska (Department for Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Skopje, Macedonia)
Natasa Markovska (Research Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje, Macedonia)
Elena Gavrilova (Department for Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Skopje, Macedonia)
Emilija Poposka (Department for Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Skopje, Macedonia)
Igor Ristovski (Department for Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Skopje, Macedonia)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Publication date: 8 April 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the lessons learned and good practices regarding the greenhouse inventory system in the Republic of Macedonia.

Design/methodology/approach

A comparative analysis for the preparation of the three national communications (NCs) to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Republic of Macedonia.

Findings

The findings reveal the shift from a project approach, based on external consultants, towards a more process-oriented approach, where a multi-disciplinary national team has been established to prepare the inventory. Also, notable results include improvements in the technical capacity of the inventory team, communications with data sources and other stakeholders, quality assurance/quality control procedures, documenting and archiving, regional cooperation, as well as, the reliability of data series for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Practical implications

The study may serve well for countries with similar national circumstances and priorities for preparation of greenhouse inventory systems.

Originality/value

Developing national database (inventory) of GHGs is an essential first step towards managing better climate change policy planning. A complete and transparent national greenhouse inventory is an essential tool for understanding emissions and trends, projecting future emissions and identifying sectors for cost-effective emission reduction opportunities. It is also a core element of national climate change reports to the UNFCCC (NCs). This case study shows the development of a sustainable system for preparation of GHG inventories and it describes the data collection and analysis procedures within that system.

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Acknowledgements

The presented analysis is a part of the project “Third National Communication to the UNFCCC” financed by GEF. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support from UNDP and Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, as well as the contributions of the relevant stakeholders.

Citation

Zdraveva, P., Obradovic Grncarovska, T., Markovska, N., Gavrilova, E., Poposka, E. and Ristovski, I. (2014), "Building a sustainable greenhouse gases inventory system in Macedonia", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 313-323. https://doi.org/10.1108/MEQ-11-2013-0131

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