Introduction to the Review Process


At the twenty-fifth session of the Executive Body for the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Geneva 10 to13 December 2007), the Executive Body approved methods and procedures for the review of national emission inventories, as outlined in the document 'Methods and procedures for the technical review of air pollutant emission inventories reported under the Convention and its protocols, EB.AIR/GE.1/2007/16' (English [PDF, 68KB]French [PDF, 155KB] and Russian [PDF, 219KB]).


38th session of Executive Body (SE) to EMEP (Geneva, December 2018):  The document "Updated methods and procedures for the review of emission inventories" has been adopted with amendments proposed by EU, US and Canada. Amended version will be published soon.

3rd joint session of WGE and the Steering Body (SB) to EMEP (Geneva, September 2017) welcomed the experiences in 2017 with the updated methods and procedures (including the technical corrections – not to be used for compliance assessment) for reviewing emission inventories elaborated by TFEIP; recommended the use of the updated document on Methods and Procedures for 2018 reviews;

Main objective

The technical review of national inventories checks and assesses Parties' data submissions with a view to improve the quality of emission data and associated information reported to the Convention. The review process is aiming at inventory improvements by checking transparency, consistency, comparabilitycompleteness and accuracy of submitted data.


The review also seeks to achieve a common approach to prioritising and monitoring inventory improvements under the Convention with those of other organisations with similar interests such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the European Union National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive and the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR).


All findings and review reports are published on the site review results. Stage 2 review results are password protected until end of June. After countries had sufficient time to provide comments the stage 2 reports will be un-protected.



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Roster of review experts

Parties are invited to submit nominations of suitably-qualified emission inventory experts for the roster of review experts [PDF, 397KB].


Please forward completed nomination form [DOC, 59KB] to CEIP and a copy to the UNECE secretariat