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Chapter 13: Information on changes to the national system

There have been two major improvements to New Zealand’s national system since the 2009 inventory submission.

The first improvement has been the establishment of a cross-government reporting governance group to provide effective leadership over reporting and projections of greenhouse gas emissions and removals. The reporting governance group will enhance consistency, coordination, timeliness and risk management of reporting information and processes. The scope of the group includes New Zealand’s national greenhouse gas inventory, projections reporting for the Kyoto Protocol and beyond, New Zealand’s national system for reporting under the Kyoto Protocol, and quantitative analysis of emissions and removals supporting policy formation. Meetings are held monthly.

The key roles and expectations of the reporting governance group are:

  1. guide, confer and agree on inventory and projections improvements and assumptions, planning and priorities, key messages, management of stakeholders and risks
  2. focus on delivery of reporting commitments to meet national and international requirements
  3. provide reporting leadership and guidance to analysts, modellers and technical specialists
  4. share information, provide feedback and resolve any differences between departments that impact on the delivery of the work programme
  5. monitor and report to the Strategic Advisory Group on the ‘big picture’ of the reporting work programme, direction, progress in delivery and capability to deliver.

New Zealand has also established an independent agricultural inventory advisory panel to assess whether proposed changes to New Zealand’s agricultural section of the national inventory are scientifically robust to be accepted into the inventory. Reports and/or papers on proposed changes must be peer reviewed before they are presented to the panel. The panel assesses if the proposed changes have been rigorously tested and if there is enough scientific evidence to support the change. The panel advises the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of their recommendations for changes. Refer to section 6.1.1 for further details.

Other improvements include the following.

  • Four government officials have passed their expert review exams under the Climate Change Convention for the energy, agriculture, waste and land use, land-use change and forestry sectors. Three other government officials, already expert reviewers under the Climate Change Convention, passed their mandatory Kyoto Protocol exams.
  • All estimate recalculations now require a recalculation form to be filled out and, if approved, signed by the national inventory compiler for documentation.
  • The sector leads are now responsible for the completion of the Tier 1 quality-control checks (IPCC, 2000) for their sector.
  • The energy and agriculture sector contributions to the national inventory report, common reporting format exports and Tier 1 quality-control checks are now required to be signed off by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Agriculture.