IFGICT International bunker fuels under the SBSTA

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IFGICT International bunker fuels under the SBSTA

The SBSTA, at its eighteenth session (Bonn, Germany, June 2003) welcomed the information provided by ICAO and IMO and expressed their appreciation for the cooperation of ICAO with the UNFCCC secretariat. The SBSTA invited ICAO and IMO, in consultation with the UNFCCC secretariat, to organize two expert meetings before SBSTA 20. The objective of these meetings will be to address options to improve the methodologies for estimating and reporting emissions from international aviation and maritime transport as an input to the work under way by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the revision of the guidelines for preparing national GHG inventories under the relevant provisions of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2003/10, paragraphs 27-29).

Prior to SBSTA 18, ICAO and IMO, in consultation with the UNFCCC secretariat, organized two expert meetings (27-28 February 2003, Montreal, Canada and 6 March 2003, London, United Kingdom) to discuss methodological aspects relating to the compilation and reporting of GHG inventory data from international and domestic aviation and maritime transport. Based on these workshops the secretariat prepared a document on ‘Emissions resulting from fuel used for international aviation and maritime transportation’ (FCCC/SBSTA/2003/INF.3) to facilitate consideration by the SBSTA, at its eighteenth session.

The SBSTA, at its sixteenth meeting (Bonn, Germany, June 2002) reaffirmed the conclusions adopted at its fifteenth session and decided to consider the methodological aspects related to the reporting of emissions based upon fuel sold to ships and aircraft engaged in international transportation at SBSTA 18. It also invited ICAO and IMO to report on their activities to this regard at that session (FCCC/SBSTA/2002/6, paragraph 52 b-c).

At its fifteenth meeting (Marrakesh, Morocco, November/December 2001), the SBSTA noted the provided information (FCCC/SBSTA/2001/5and FCCC/SBSTA/2001/5/Add.1) relating to emissions resulting from fuel used in international aviation and marine transportation, on the use of Guidelines for the preparation of national communications by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention, Part I: UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual inventories. Further, the SBSTA adopted conclusions that strengthen the cooperation between ICAO, IMO and the UNFCCC secretariat (FCCC/SBSTA/2001/8, paragraphs 16-19).

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