Emerging reporting and verification needs under the Paris Agreement: how can the research community effectively contribute?

Lucia Perugini, Guido Pellis, Giacomo Grassi, Philippe Ciais, Han Dolman, Joanna I. House, Glen Peters, Pete Smith, Dirk Günther, Philippe Peylin

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“If you can't measure it, you can't improve it”. This concept is also true within the context of climate policy, where the achievement of the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is dependent on the ability of the international community to accurately measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emission trends and, consequently, to alter these trends.The reporting of GHG emissions under the UNFCCC aims to provide transparent, accurate, complete, consistent and comparable GHG estimates through national inventories. These national GHG inventories represent essential links between science and policy-making, providing fundamental data to inform domestic and global actions on climate change (Swart et al., 2007; Damassa and Elsayed, 2013; Pulles, 2017).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-126
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Science & Policy
Early online date5 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme project VERIFY [grant agreement No 776810]. A special thanks must be given to Sebastian Wunderlich (UBA, Germany), for his support on data interpretation. We also thank Paul Ruyssenaars (RVIM, Netherlands), Marina Vitullo (ISPRA, Italy), Colas Robert and Céline Gueguen (CITEPA, France), Maria Purzner (EAA, Austria), Rasmus Astrup (NIBIO, Norway), Ann Marie Ryan (EMPA, Ireland) and Margreet Van Zanten for their support in the terminology analysis and fruitful exchange during the course of the VERIFY project.


  • Climate change
  • Research contribution
  • Developing countries
  • GHG inventory
  • Emission estimates
  • atmospheric observations


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