UP Resilience Institute and NOAH Center Trained by Climate Change Commission on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory

 

Presentation of Development Manger Officer Mr. Richard Victor Palma. The training was held via Zoom. 

 

In partnership with the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the UP Resilience Institute and UP NOAH Center received a training on Greenhouse Gas Inventory last October 13, 2023 via Zoom. The training was led by CCC Development Manager Officer Mr. Richard Victor Palma. He explained the role of greenhouse gasses (GHG) in climate change, especially Carbon Dioxide. It is reiterated how a majority of these greenhouse gasses are human-produced. The potential responses to climate change were listed, such as building flood defenses, early warning systems, climate change resistant crops, and redesigning policy. Another possible response is through mitigation, which involves waste management, energy efficiency, and reduction in fossil fuel consumption. The CCC is the lead policy-making body and in charge of implementing these strategies.

Around  80 participants from UPRI and NOAH Center received the training from CCC.

 

Mr. Palma then explained the concept of GHG inventory, which is a measure of how much GHG is produced and how much is sequestered, as well as how much impact on global warming it will have. They aim to achieve 75% GHG emission reduction as their goal, 72% of which is a conditional commitment, ie. finance, technology, and capacity building. An equation to approximate the GHG inventory was shown to help understand the process. A timeline of mitigation policies and measures was also shown to help visualize the progress made as well as an explanation for their Methodology. Their methodology focuses on accuracy to keep up to date with new information, a more complete list of GHG sources and sinks identified since 1996, a reduction in scope for errors, integration of good practice guidance into their methodology report to make finding information easier which leads to a more efficient use of resources available. A list of sources and sinks for GHG emissions that had been accounted for was given. There was a summary of the 2010, 2015, and 2020 national GHG inventories, with sources of GHG emissions, indicating agriculture and energy as the largest emitters of greenhouse gasses.

The Lecture ended with a message that we do not have the luxury of time and that we need to act now.