NEC, industries agree on collection of GHG emission

National Environment Commission (NEC) and the industries in Phuentsholing have now agreed to have a simplified method of collecting data on Green House Gas (GHG) emission from the latter last week.

NEC consulted the industries last week to come up with a good system on data and information collection as mandated for NEC. The data is considered important for NEC in developing a report to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The convention mandates member countries to submit reports on climate change where information on the national GHG emission is one component. Bhutan became a member of the convention in 1995.

Meanwhile, Bhutan has already submitted two reports – in 2000 and 2011 – so far. Due to limited capacity to generate the report, the country could provide only two reports so far. Both the reports were compiled and prepared by external consultants. The report preparation is supported by Global Environment Facilities. The country will provide the third National Communications Inventory this year.

Also as a developing country, it is not mandatory for Bhutan to provide an annual report to UNFCCC. However, since the country is projected to graduate from LDC by 2023, the country is mandated to report after every two years. Since the component of the report is inventory where data is the prime content, NEC has started to work with the industries, agriculture sectors and waste management on the emission of GHG.

For the next report, NEC plans to involve more nationals through involving consultants. This year, more nationals were involved in compiling and preparing the report, according to the NEC officials.

 According to NEC officials, the data collected would also help in building sustainable GHG inventory system for future periodic national communication reporting.

“Now NEC and the industries are working on designing data collection framework which will ease both the sectors to provide and collect data. The framework is aimed not to over burden the industries in providing the data to the country in the process of meeting international obligation,” an official from NEC said. 

Meanwhile, there has been inconsistency in gathering annual data from the industries as some of the industries failed to provide data on energy consumption in their plants.

The Program Officer of the Association of Bhutanese Industries (ABI), PemaNamgayGhalley said ABI will be evaluating the workshop and will take proactive role in building sustainable GHG inventory. Overall the workshop served as a great platform to build strong rapport between the government agencies and industries.

“There were lots of discussion and active participation from the industries, issues pertaining to industries such as environmental clearance, management of hazardous and non-hazardous waste were also discussed,” he added.

Meanwhile, the workshop was organized by NEC with the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries on building sustainable GHG inventory and the evaluation of hazardous waste inventory.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing