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Brazilian state completes first GHG inventory of emissions

9 November 2019, 16:32 GMT 2 min read

Pernambuco, Brazil, has today announced that it has finalized its first inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. Completed with the support of the Climate Footprint Project and technical assistance from partners Ricardo and WayCarbon, the inventory will support the state to enhance the design of its emissions reduction strategies.

Without a regional GHG inventory, governments don’t have a full picture of where emissions are coming from and find it challenging to decide the sectors in which to enact reduction policies. Through technical assistance from leading experts offered as part of the Climate Footprint Project, state and regional governments from Brazil, Mexico, India and South Africa are improving their emissions tracking reduction efforts.

The announcement comes during this week’s Brazilian Conference on Climate Change which is taking place in Recife from 6 – 8 November, 2019, and the Government of Pernambuco is co-hosting.

“Having placed climate change mitigation as a key priority for the state, we are now able to use the GHG inventory to direct the debate about the adaption actions required in each sector as well as to form the basis for reviewing our climate policies and setting numerical mitigation targets.

“The conference is an opportunity to bring key influential stakeholders together to discuss and make contributions to the fight against global warming. Together, we will showcase that Brazilian states are taking ambitious action and contributing to the achievement of global climate goals.”

José Antônio Bertotti, Secretary of Environment and Sustainability, Government of Pernambuco

The conference has brought together non-governmental organizations, social movements, governments and representatives of the private and public sector to discuss and formulate proposals that will contribute to the achievement of the Paris Agreement goals.

At the conference, the Declaration of Recife was put forward, with organizations and institutions encouraged to sign and commit to collective action on climate change.

“It is outstanding that Pernambuco have successfully completed their GHG inventory at such an early stage in the project. Brazil, and Pernambuco in particular, is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to the effects of climate change, with low-lying coastal land at risk of severe flooding if mitigation action is not taken.

 “Pernambuco is a shining example to states and regions in the project as well as others in the Under2 Coalition and we’re delighted to see them meet this milestone much more quickly than we had anticipated possible."

Milimer Morgado, Climate Transparency Manager

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. 

To read local coverage of the event, follow the below links:

Diario de Pernambuco

TV Global