Did you know that air pollutants come from numerous human activities, such as transport, agriculture, and industry? But even when we repaint our house, have our clothes dry-cleaned or when we make a charcoal barbecue, air pollutants are released. Knowing where exactly air pollutant emissions are coming from in a given country is important to make viable policy decisions.
As a result of integrated air pollution management strategies developed under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention), air quality has improved in the region over the past few decades. However, progress has also been uneven as the increase in energy production, industry growth and urban development has raised emissions in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
UNECE has therefore been assisting countries in the subregion to develop better emission inventories with a view to facilitating their ratification and/or implementation of the Air Convention and its key protocols. Following a workshop for this purpose in Kyrgyzstan in 2016, UNECE organized a follow-up workshop in Bishkek (26–28 June 2018).
During the Bishkek workshop on emission inventories, national experts compared existing national methodologies to calculate emissions with internationally agreed methodologies under the UNECE Air Convention. Working with national data sets, experts calculated emissions from key source categories. This will help Kyrgyzstan comply with the emissions data reporting obligations under the Convention.
For more information on capacity-building under the UNECE Air Convention, please visit: http://www.unece.org/environmental-policy/conventions/envlrtapwelcome/capacity-building.html.