Stage 3 review of AE inventories

Stage 3 review is a technical  in-depth review of selected countries, checking if submitted emission inventories are complete, consistent through the time, properly documented, and accurate. Annual in-depth review aims to be consistent across the Parties and the process should ensure that the same approach is performed each year with aim  is to check in detail the inventories of each Party at least once every 5 years. The process is supported by the European Environment Agency (EEA). 

S3 review 2018-2020

3rd joint session of WGE and the Steering Body (SB) to EMEP (Geneva, 11-15 September 2017)

  • welcomed the efforts under the European Union to harmonize the national inventory reviews under the National Emission Ceilings Directive with those under the Convention;
  • recommended that the two review processes be coordinated with respect to priorities, scopes, resources (reviewers) and timelines, to ensure consistency and complementarity and to avoid possible overlaps, duplication of efforts and inconsistent conclusions; recommended to evaluate the coordination efforts upon the completion of the 5-year cycle (2018-2022).
  •  approved plan of Stage 3 (in depth) review of Emission inventories under CLRTAP  for next 3 years (2018 -2020)
    • 2018: Moldova, Armenia, Finland, Belarus, Ukraine, Montenegro* and Azerbaijan,     *review of Montenegro had to be canceled as no data are reported  to EMEP since 2011
    • 2019: Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Russian Federation, Albania and Georgia
    • 2020: Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Monaco and the European Union

Long term plan as updated after EMEP SB meeting in Sept. 2016, revised in May 2017

Year List of countries
2017   Albania**, Austria, Malta*, EU, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan*, Liechtenstein*, Monaco*
2016 Estonia, Georgia, Iceland, Luxembourg, FYR of Macedonia, Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
  2015 Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Republic of Moldova, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine
  2014 Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Spain
  2013 Bulgaria, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden

2017 review round

  • Malta did not submit IIR 
  • Armenia indicated submission of data in May, but did not provide any data
  • Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan did not submit IIR 
  • Monaco and Lichtenstein provided data in  late May
  • Montenegro did not report any data within last 3 years – latest submission from 2013 - reveiew postponed to 2018
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina did not submit  any inventory so far, review postponed to 2018  
  • Finland asked EMEP/CEIP for postponing its review - planned now for 2018


27 countries have been successfully reviewed in period 2013-15. Review of Switzerland planed for 2015 has been postponed to the year 2016. The changes in 2014 review plan have been agreed during the EMEP SB bureau meeting in March 2014. The UNECE secretariat informed concerned Parties about the upcoming changes.

  • In-depth inventory review of the Netherlands and Ireland has been postponed to the year 2015. Review of Germany and Croatia has been conducted instead.
  • Russia and Moldova did not submit inventory data in 2014, therefore the centralised in-depth review of these 2 countries has been cancelled.

History of stage 3 in depth reviews of AE inventories 2008-2012

Year List of countries
   2008 France, Norway, Portugal and Sweden (voluntary)
   2009  Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Spain
  2010 Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Russian Federation*, Slovakia, Switzerland and United Kingdom
  2011 Czech Republic, Belarus, Croatia, Estonia*, Greece*, Iceland, Luxembourg, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia and Ukraine*
  2012 Albania*, Georgia*, European Community, Liechtenstein*, Malta*, Monaco*, Republic of Moldova*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Turkey*


Centralised review

8 Parties have been reviewed in 2017. Final country review are posted here .

6 Parties have been reviewed in 2018. Final country reports should be published before EMEP EB meeting.


Next in-depth review is planend for 2019, up to 8 countries should be reviewed by 2 expert review teams (ERTs).  The list of countries will be approved by the next EMEP SB.  

Roster of review experts

Roster of review experts

24 Parties (from 49 eligible) nominated 99 emission inventory experts to the EMEP/CEIP roster. [PDF, 397KB]


Nomination form [DOC, 59KB]to be downloaded.

 Supporting materials for the review teams: