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Paris Agreements and data accuracy and transparency

Congratulations to all climate researchers that Paris Agreement achieved somewhat breakthrough progress in tackling climate change. CEADs researchers have been advocating data accuracy and transparency, especially in development countries, over past years. For the first time, transparency and accuracy together with completeness, consistency, and comparability is written into the global agreement.

Data and reporting transparency and accuracy are emphasized in several places in Article 4 and 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Parties shall account for their nationally determined contributions. In accounting for anthropogenic emissions and removals corresponding to their nationally determined contributions, Parties shall promote environmental integrity, transparency, accuracy, completeness, comparability and consistency, and ensure the avoidance of double counting, in accordance with guidance adopted by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement” (Article 4, Adoption of Paris Agreement).

Emission data transparency and accuracy is still the great issue in many developing countries, including the largest global emitters. CEADs team improves methodology and makes best efforts in compiling state of art emission inventories for China and its provinces and cities. CEADs publishes the dataset for free download for any academic purpose.

Dabo Guan

13/December/2015