U.N. Climate Panel Releases New Guidelines to Calculate Emissions

Politics

Kyoto, May 13 (Jiji Press)--A U.N. climate panel on Monday released new guidelines to help countries calculate their greenhouse gas emissions more accurately.

The guidelines were adopted at a general meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that ended in the western Japan city of Kyoto on Sunday.

The purpose of the guidelines is to enhance the transparency of the process for both developed and developing countries to report the amount of emissions, a move that would help achieve the goal set out under the Paris Agreement adopted at the end of 2015, Lee Hoesung, chair of the panel, said at a press conference.

The Paris climate pact seeks to keep the global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

The new guidelines include a calculation method that utilizes satellites, a technology in which Japan leads the world. A gas-observing satellite launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, and others last October was introduced in the guidelines.

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