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Project “Development of the national system for greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and reporting on policies, measures and projections”

2009 – 2014 EEA GRANTS PROGRAMME. NATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY
PRE-DEFINED PROJECT. Nr.4.3-23/EEZ/INP-002


 

 

 


Latvian and Icelandic experts share their experience on Climate change mitigation

Representatives of Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia (MoEPRD) in the period from 8 - 10 of March, 2017 participate in an experience exchange visit to Reykjavik (Iceland). During the visit they shared experiences on climate change policy in Latvia and learnt about greenhouse gas inventory system and climate change mitigation policy in Iceland.

Within experience exchange trip meeting with representatives of the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, The Environment Agency of Iceland and the Reykjavík municipality was held. They shared their experiences on the greenhouse gas (hereinafter - GHG) emission reduction policies at national and local level, as well as GHG inventory preparation process in Iceland. During the meeting valuable information on process of the quality control and quality assurance of GHG inventory preparation was collected.

During the visit representatives of MoEPRD also visited Iceland New Energy LTD and Icelandic Center of Excellence for Sustainable Use and Conservation of the Ocean. There presentations were given on alternatives to reduce GHG emissions of transport and fisheries sectors. One of Iceland's GHG emission reduction targets is to increase the proportion of the use of electric vehicles in the country.

Iceland is one of the leaders in usage of renewable energy. In 2014 85% of primary energy use in Iceland came from indigenous renewable resources, of which 66% is geothermal energy. At the end of the visit MoEPRD representatives visited geothermal power plant (Hellisheiði) which is situated in the SW part of Iceland. It is the third largest geothermal power plant in the world. In this geothermal station research project "CarbFix" is implemented.  Under the project safe, simple and cost-effective method and technology for permanent storage of CO2 in basalt (rock) have been developed.

Work visit was organised under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009 - 2014 program "National climate policy" in cooperation with the Environment Agency of Iceland.


Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional development organize interactive seminars on Low carbon development strategy 2050

MoEPRD Climate Change department organizes 5 seminars in all regions of Latvia in order to raise awareness on climate change issues and discuss Latvia’s Low carbon development strategy 2050. The seminars are organized in the frameworks of the Project “Development of the national system for greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and reporting on policies, measures and projections”.

In order to duly elaborate and later implement the new Latvian climate policy documents, broad and overarching discussions on the possibilities to reduce the countries’ GHG emissions are necessary with all parts of the society. Local municipalities, entrepreneurs, academia etc. – everybody has to be part of this debate, therefore MoEPRD is bringing the possibility of such discussion to the regions of Latvia. MoEPRD is currently working on Latvia’s own Low carbon development strategy 2050 – and hope to involve the regional target groups in the discussion with the help of these seminars.

During these seminars, all interested parties will have the possibility to comment, provide ideas and discuss the main cornerstones of Latvia’s Low carbon development strategy, which are:

1) energy and energy-efficiency 
2) sustainable land management
3) circular economy/ sustainable consumption
4) environmentally friendly transport
5) research and innovations

Dates and venues:

  • 30 November, 2016 – Valmiera
  • 2 December 2016 – Daugavpils
  • 13 December 2016 – Jelgava
  • 6 January 2017 – Kuldīga
  • 10 January 2017 – Rīga (wrap-up seminar)

A tender notice has been published in the frameworks of the project

On 2 November 2016 a public procurement tender notice of the Ministry of Environmental protection and Regional Development “Climate change mitigation policy evaluation modelling system including development of guidelines for ex-ante and ex-post expense evaluation of different climate change policy measure implementation” has been published.

The related procurement documentation is available here (in Latvian)! 

The procurement will be carried out in the frameworks of the 3rd activity („Climate change policy measures including emission forecast, ex-ante (predictable) and ex-post (current) evaluation quality improvement”) of the pre-defined project ‘’Development of the National System for Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reporting on Policies, Measures and Projections’’ Nr.4.3-23/EEZ/INP-002 (2009 – 2014 EEA GRANTS PROGRAMME NATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY).


The Project hosts a Public discussion ‘’The future of Latvia in the new climate reality’’

On Friday, 22 April 2016, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia (MoEPRD) organized a Public discussion ‘’The future of Latvia in the new climate reality’’.
The event was organized in the frameworks of European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 programme „National Climate Policy” Pre-defined project ‘’Development of the national system for greenhouse gas inventory and reporting on policies, measures and projections’’ (3rd activity of the project).
The main goal of the discussion was to attract a maximally broad public attention to the topicality of climate change issues, and to incite a need for a change in our lifestyle. The broader context to this event was to echo the signing ceremony of the Paris agreement on the same day (April 22, 2016) in New York. 
  

The format of the event was a moderated discussion between the panelists (professionals of the field, as well as popular people from Latvia – not necessarily climate/environment specialists) and the general public (audience). The discussion was translated live to the webpage of Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and the news portal www.delfi.lv.  
 

To incite the discussion, experts from OECD and Estonian Environmental Research Centre (EERC) set the scene of climate change topicalities. 
Dr Simon Buckle, Head of Division, Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, Environment Directorate at OECD shared his views on the global tendencies for Low Carbon Development, while Timo Uustal from EERC introduced the participants with the current global situation with regard to climate change. 
  

Participants of the discussion included: Andris Vīksna, Director of Climate and Projections unit, Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre; Jānis Ulme, NGO “Friends of Earth-Latvia” council member; Zuarguss, Director of the Latvian Intellectual Development foundation; Līga Meņģelsone, Director General of  the Latvian Employers' Confederation; Uģis Rotbergs, Chairman of the Board in the World Wild Foundation-Latvia; Pēteris Strautiņš, economics expert in the DNB bank; Anitra Tooma, Editor in Chief of the magazine „Vides vēstis” („Environmental messages”); Jānis Brizga, the Head of the NGO “Green Liberty", Daina Indriksone, Member of the board of the Baltic Environmental Forum.
 

Photos by Ieva Bruņeniece

The recorded discussion can be viewed here (in Latvian mostly)

Agenda of the event here!

Presentations from the event are available here!


An experience exchange event on climate policy evaluation takes place in Riga

On the 1st of April 2016, an experience exchange seminar on Climate Policy evaluation took place in Riga, at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia (MoEPRD).
The seminar was the last planned expert event within the frameworks of European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 programme „National Climate Policy” Pre-defined project ‘’Development of the national system for greenhouse gas inventory and reporting on policies, measures and projections’’ (3rd activity of the project).

The project promoter MoEPRD and its partners from Latvia - Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia and State Ltd "Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre" took part in the seminar, along with participants from several institutions such as Latvian University of Agriculture, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava", Institute of Physical Energetics of Latvia (IPE). Participants included also the project partner from Norway - Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA), as well as a guest speaker from Thema Consulting Group Norway.

During the seminar, experts addressed and had a fruitful discussion on 3 main topics:

1. Current practice of Climate change policy evaluation – case studies of Norway and Latvia, 2. Low carbon development strategy for future climate policy – expert experience, 3. Opportunities for future cooperation in developing and evaluating climate policies.


Photo: B.Tennbakk (Thema Consulting Group) presents the Norwegian experience of evaluating the sectoral policies’ impact on the aspects of climate policies

Looking into possibilities of future cooperation, the participants were introduced with a new Seed Money Facility project carried out by MoEPRD – ‘’Baltic Expert Network for Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Projections and PaMs Reporting (BENGGI)’’.
During their discussions, the participants identified several topical issues which could benefit from a further international cooperation. Amongst those were the development of agriculture measures and the quantification of emission reduction potential for policies and measures.


Photo: G. Klavs (IPE) presents the Latvian experience in evaluating climate policies and measures

Agenda of the seminar is available here!

Presentations from the seminar are available here!


A Project activity takes place at the Paris climate change conference (COP21)

An activity of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 programme „National Climate Policy” Pre-defined project ‘’Development of the national system for greenhouse gas inventory and reporting on policies, measures and projections’’ was carried out during the Paris climate change conference (COP21) in December 2015. The Latvian representatives at the COP21 organized a side-event, which focused on the importance of a national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory system in the planning of climate policy (‘’GHG inventory systems – basis for policy planning’’).

Presentations were given by the Latvian (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MoEPRD)), Norwegian (Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA)), Estonian (Ministry of Environment) and Lithuanian (Ministry of Environment) representatives, and the event was open to all participants of the Climate change conference. The presenters informed the audience about the importance of the national inventory system and examples of its functioning (Estonia), they explained about the inventory as the basis for developing national climate policy (Latvia), as a source of information for the evaluation of mitigation implementation (Lithuania) and talked about the national inventory system as a source for information for the mitigation policy planning (Norway). The target audience for this event was mainly developing countries, which, before the Paris agreement was adopted, did not have a legally binding obligation to maintain a national inventory system. However, with the adoption of the Paris agreement at the end of the Conference, it is now stipulated that all countries (including developing countries) must maintain a national inventory system and annually submit their national inventory report to the UNFCCC secretariat. Therefore this side-event contributed to raising awareness about the functioning principles of the national inventory system, as well as its importance in planning national climate policies.

Agenda of the event available here: [pdf]
Presentations from the event available here: [pdf]
The Paris agreement available online here: [pdf]


 

Presentation by I.Prūse – Director of the Climate change department at the MoEPRD

Presentation by A.Rosland – Director of the Climate department at NEA


Knowledge Exchange event about model system and guidelines in policy evaluation


The knowledge exchange seminar in the frameworks of European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 programme „National Climate Policy” Pre-defined project ‘’Development of the national system for greenhouse gas inventory and reporting on policies, measures and projections’’ took place from the 9th to 10th of November 2015 in Oslo, Norway.

The participants of the event represented several institutions from Latvia (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia, Latvian University of Agriculture, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava", Institute of Physical Energetics of Latvia, and State Ltd "Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre") as well as the Project partner organization – Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA).

The main topics discussed included an exchange of experience on each partner countries’ National system for reporting on policies, measures and projections of GHG emissions by sources and removals by sinks, as well as a discussion on climate policy development and evaluation, by monitoring climate policies and measures (PAMs). The Norwegian experts demonstrated their experience in ex-ante evaluation of PAMs using the Klimatall model.

On the second day of the event, colleagues from the Ministry of environment of Lithuania and the Environmental Protection Agency if Lithuania also joined the discussion on different practices and experience in the preparation of GHG emission projections.

This seminar contributed to a valuable exchange of views with regard to climate policy and measures evaluation from a sectoral point of view, as well as it allowed for a useful sharing of experience on the preparations of the Second biennial report in the frameworks of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 
 

Participants during a presentation on the first day of the seminar, discussing climate policy and measures evaluation.

Participants from Latvia, Norway and Lithuania on the second day of the event, sharing experience on the preparation of GHG emission projections.

This knowledge exchange seminar was the last event of the Project to take place in Norway. The remaining knowledge exchange seminar in the frameworks of this Project will be carried out during the first half of 2016, in Riga.


 

Agenda of the seminar is available here: [agenda 1][agenda 2]

Presentations from the seminar are available here: [pdf]


Consultations on climate change mitigation policy in Latvia

In the frameworks of European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 programme „National Climate Policy”, consultations on climate change mitigation policy in Latvia were held on the 6th of November 2015 at the University of Latvia Academic Centre of Natural Sciences in Tornkalns, Riga. The consultations were organized as part of the 3rd activity of the project “Development of the national system for greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and reporting on policies, measures and projections”.
The event was attended by more than 100 participants both from state and non-state institutions.

 
Opening remarks are given by Deputy State Secretary Alda Ozola.

The main focus of the event was directed towards work in parallel, sectoral discussion groups, namely: energy (excluding transport), industrial processes and product use, transport, agriculture, waste management, and land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).
After group discussions, the main conclusions of each group were presented to the audience. In general, participants acknowledged the importance of the topic and the necessity to consider future targets in due time. Several policies and measures were identified as potential for mitigation in each sector, however, it was underlined that the most challenging obstacle is to carry out such policies and measures, which are cost effective and do not hinder economic development. 
 

Director of Climate change department Ilze Prūse introduces audience with the current climate policy in Latvia.

 
Discussions at the LULUCF group.


Agenda of the seminar (in Latvian) is available here: [agenda]

Presentations from the discussion groups (in Latvian) are available here:  [pdf]


Seminar about peatland management in the context of greenhouse gas emission inventory – Norway case

The ‘’Seminar about peatland management in the context of GHG emission inventory – Norway case’’ in the frameworks of European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 programme „National Climate Policy” took place on the 3rd and 4th of November, 2015, in Riga and Jelgava respectively.
The event hosted a number of participants from various Latvian institutions (ministries, NGO’s, organizations, companies), as well as two Norwegian experts (Hanna Silvennoinen and Gunnhild Sogaard)  from the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) who shared their experience on the topic from Norway’s point of view.
Broad discussions on peatland management took place during the event, including on peat use, peatland restoration and the connected GHG emission aspects in Norway and Latvia. Issues such as the normative regulation of the sector, related scientific researches (including on GHG emission data), as well as the most topical issues for the sector and their possible solutions were discussed. 
 

Helena Rimsa (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development) opens the seminar with introductory remarks.

The first day of the seminar, which took place in Riga (Ministry of Agriculture), the participants had the opportunity to listen and discuss the presentations given by the representatives of NIBIO, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Latvia’s State Forests, State Forest Research Institute ‘’Silava’’, and the Latvian Peat Producers Association.
 

Daiga Zute (Ministry of Agriculture) introduces participants with the situation in Latvia.
 

Gunnhild Søgaard (NIBIO) presents Norway’s experience of the sector’s GHG inventory
 

Hanna Silvennoinen (NIBIO) introduces the normative regulation of the sector in Norway

On the second day of the seminar, the participants visited peat production company “Laflora”, and were taken on a guided tour both to the peatlands managed by ‘’Laflora’’ and its factory. Informal discussions were held at “Laflora” premises, wherein several observations and recommendations from the Norwegian experts were received.
 

Visit of the “Laflora” factory in Jelgava district

Considering the broad range of interest represented at the seminar, several conclusions concerning peat and peatland management sector in Latvia were drawn as a result of discussions:
• Peatland restoration is a topical issue for all countries with peatlands.
• It would be beneficial to establish a cooperation network for Nordic and Baltic countries, in order to share experience with a special focus on organic soils and their related GHG emission factors.
• Growing berries (i.e. blueberries, cranberries) can be used as one of the methods for peatland restoration.
• According to the Norwegian experts, afforestation is the most effective peatland restoration option from the point of view of emission sinks.
• Many pros and cons regarding peat as a possible resource for energy. A further discussion and an analysis of potential benefits/disadvantages is necessary.
• The current institutional supervisory setting for earth entrails resources is fragmented across many institutions, therefore it would be beneficial to develop a clear peatland management strategy and establish one supervising institution.

 

Participants visiting the ‘’Drabini’’ peatland near Jelgava

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development expresses its gratitude to the project partners – Ministry of Agriculture, NIBIO and ‘’Laflora”.

The event was financed from EEA Grants Fund for Bilateral Relations.

Agenda of the seminar is available here: [agenda]

Presentations given at the seminar are available here: [presentations]



Seminar on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions activity data and emission factor uncertainties evaluation

The seminar on GHG emissions activity data and emission factors` uncertainties evaluation took place in Oslo, on the 28-29 October 2015, and it was organized in the frameworks the second activity of 2009 – 2014 EEA grants programme ‘’National climate policy’’ Pre-defined project ‘’Development of the national system for greenhouse gas inventory and reporting on policies, measures and projections’’ (Nr.4.3-23/EEZ/INP-002).

Several Latvian experts who are involved in the preparation of the annual GHG inventory, participated in the seminar, as well as the relevant experts from Lithuania and Norway. The Latvian experts represented the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, Latvian University of Agriculture, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava", and State Ltd "Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre".

The main topics discussed in the seminar were: methods from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for evaluating data uncertainty; each countries’ experience in evaluating uncertainties for GHG emission activity data and emission factors. During the seminar, experts shared their experience on uncertainty analysis regarding different sectors and categories of GHG inventory, as well as gained a valuable insight from their colleagues as regards the importance of uncertainty analysis in identification of key categories.



Agenda of the seminar available here!

Latvian experts’ presentations from the seminar available here!


In the framework of the second activity of the predefined project ‘’Development of the National System for Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reporting on Policies, Measures and Projections’’ Nr.4.3-23/EEZ/INP-002 (2009 – 2014 EEA GRANTS PROGRAMME NATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY), two capacity increasing events for inventory experts took place in Riga on the 18-19th and 21-22nd of May, 2015.

The experts participated in two training seminars on QA/QC procedures in Land use, Land-use change and Forestry sector, as well as Industrial Processes including F-gases.

Experts from Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, Ministry of Agriculture, Latvian University of Agriculture, and Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava" worked on a detailed analysis of QA/QC procedures in Land use, Land-use change and Forestry sector. Prior to the seminar, the Norwegian expert had studied the Latvian GHG inventory for the Land use, Land-use change and Forestry sectors. The seminar provided for a detailed analysis of QA/QC procedures. The recommendations received from the Norwegian expert during the seminar will be used in preparing the inventory, thus improving its quality.

Agenda of the seminar is available here!

Experts from the Norwegian Environment Agency, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, Ministry of Agriculture, State Ltd "Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre" worked on an analysis of QA/QC procedures in Industrial Processes including F-gases. The Norwegian experts had studied the Latvian GHG inventory for Industrial Processes sector. The seminar provided for a detailed analysis of QA/QC procedures. The recommendations given by the Norwegian experts during the seminar will be used in the preparation of future GHG inventories.

Agenda of the seminar is available here!

The Mid-term conference of the Project is expected to take place in Riga in the following months.


Project Steering Committee 2nd meeting

On 17 February 2015 in Oslo (Norway) was held the 2nd meeting of Project Steering Committee where Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development as a Project promoter together with the Project partners – Norwegian Environment Agency, State Ltd. “Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre” and Ministry of Agriculture discussed the Project implementation progress. The meeting topics was related to issues for further progress in the implementation of Project activities and potential Norwegian partners involvement and contribution as well the planned publicity events and experience exchange seminars in 2015.


The activity „Increasing the capacity of experts taking part in the inventory preparation process” is implemented within the project “Development of the national system for greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and reporting on policies, measures and projections”.
In the frame of the activity several conferences, training seminars and other experience sharing events will be carried out to increase the capacity of Latvian inventory experts.
In October 2014 two events were held – an experience sharing event about national inventory system, and a seminar about agriculture and forestry sectors. Participants were different experts from both countries involved in inventory preparation process. Events were organized by Norwegian Environment Agency and Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

Main discussion topics were:

- EEA Grants program;
- national GHG inventory system in Latvia and Norway;
- 2006 IPCC guidelines;
- Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC);
- Inventory and Accounting in LULUCF sector;
- Data collection and estimation processes in Norway in different sectors. Mitigation calculation tool;
- Preparation of GHG projections in Norway;
- Agriculture research projects in both countries;
- Agriculture – projections;
- Estimation of soil carbon stock in cropland and grassland in Norway;
- Presentation of the soil carbon stock project in cropland and grassland in Latvia;
- Presentation of the digital soil database in Norway;
- Presentation of the digital soil database project in Latvia.

Participants were from:

Norwegian Environment Agency, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Statistics Norway, Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Bioforsk, The Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, Ministry of Agriculture, State Ltd "Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre", Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava", University of Latvia.

Agenda of the event.



The Project is implemented by Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in cooperation with Project partners – Norwegian Environment Agency, State LTD „Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology” and Ministry of Agriculture.

The budget of the Project according to the program agreement is 1 981 871 EUR. Project is funded by European Economic Area Financial Mechanism.

The Project is implemented from 1 April 2014 until 30 April 2016.

The main objective of the project is to strengthen Latvia’s institutional capacity to improve the national system for preparing, analyzing and reporting high quality information to ensure continuous improvements of the GHG emission inventory, policies, measures and projections and to comply with the relevant UNFCCC, Kyoto protocol and European Commission reporting requirements. The main target groups of the project are state institutional officials and sectoral experts involved in inventory and reporting.


Main project activities and sub-activities:

1.  Improved GHG inventory system in Latvia:

     1.1  Developed an integrated database for climate change and air quality data aggregation and preparation of reports to different international institutions;

     1.2  Implemented studies undertaken for inventory improvement.

2.  Increased capacity of the Latvian inventory experts:

Conferences, training seminars and other experience sharing events carried out to increase the capacity of Latvian inventory experts.


3.  Improved quality of ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of climate change policy measures:

     3.1  Developed model system for climate change mitigation policy evaluation, including guidelines for cost assessment of different policy measures and ex-ante and ex-post policy assessment.

     3.2  Carried-out educational events for sectoral experts from institutions involved in the national system for policies, measures and projections.

     3.3  Unified data tools for annual reporting on actual and projected GHG emissions.


3 conferences, 5 seminars and 2 consultation seminars will be organized within the Project.


 

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