Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories


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Software for the Workbook


The IPCC software for the 1996 Guidelines has been updated by the UNFCCC to include the GPG LULUCF. This is available from their website at:


Background to Original IPCC Software

In 1996, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) accepted the Revised 1996 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Inventories and recommended that they were 'ready for use by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...' (Mexico City, 11-13 September 1996). The Revised Guidelines were later adopted by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (Geneva, 16-18 December 1996) and by the Conference of the Parties (Kyoto, 1-10 December 1997) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Recognising that the Revised Guidelines are widely used by Parties to compile their national greenhouse gas inventories, the IPCC requested that the software for the Workbook be prepared. This package contains the manual and diskettes for that software. It must be used as a supplement to the Workbook and does not replace it in anyway. Even if Parties use their own methodology, the software is still a valuable tool for generating emission estimates. Such estimates can be used by countries to compare with their own national estimates. These comparisons are recommended in the Revised Guidelines (Overview, Workbook) for self-verification. The Reference Approach, a default method for estimating CO2 emissions from energy, is especially helpful for this purpose. Carbon dioxide emissions from this sector constitute the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in most countries.

This software package was prepared by the IPCC Unit for Greenhouse Gas Inventories under Working Group I of the IPCC, in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). For this, we especially thank the staff of the IPCC Unit, Bo Lim, Pierre Boileau, and Yamil Bonduki, as well as Karen Tréanton and Jeroen Meijer of the IEA. We also thank Jozef Skakala for programming support and Karim Courty for developing the spreadsheets. Geoff Salway (U.K.), Katarina Mareckova (Slovak Republic) and Isabelle Mamaty (Congo) provided comments during the beta testing of the software. Editing assistance was provided by Audrey Glynn-Garnier, Ann Johnston, Sharon Michel and Amy Emmert.


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