Restrictions on trading in greenhouse gas AAU lifted2012-11-08
The Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention cancelled its decision adopted in December last year to impose temporary restrictions for Lithuania on participating in the international trading of Assigned Amount Units (AAU) of greenhouse gas emissions. The restrictions were lifted based on the positive conclusions provided by the experts of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They were visiting Lithuania late September to check the National Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Report submitted in 2012.
According to the Minister of Environment, Mr Gediminas Kazlauskas, the experts’ conclusions confirmed that the country’s reorganized and enhanced institutional scheme of developing national greenhouse gas monitoring reports now meets all the defined requirements.
The Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol had imposed temporary restrictions on Lithuania in view of some drawbacks in developing the 2010 National Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Report, which provided figures from 2008. To correct these drawbacks, Lithuania had to work out an action plan to improve development of the National Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Report. Lithuania presented a progress report for the plan last July at a meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol. However, additional conclusions of UNFCCC experts were requested on how the results of the implemented measures were reflected in the calculations of absorbed and emitted levels of greenhouse gas for the individual sectors of the 2012 National Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Report (change of land use and forestry, energy, industry, waste, agriculture). The experts pointed out that all the drawbacks had been corrected.
Information of the Ministry of Environment, telephone 266 3660
24 October 2012