EPA Holds Workshop On Greenhouse Gases Inventories

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Participants and facilitators posed shortly after the first session ended.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 commenced a three-day capacity-building workshop on the preparation of National Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Inventories in Liberia, a release has said.

Greenhouse gas is a gas that absorbs and emits radiant energy within the thermal infrared range. It cause the greenhouse effect.

According to the release, the workshop, is intended to build capacity as Liberia prepares to report its second national communication to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, which Liberia has ratified.

The workshop, which is expected to end on Friday, March 8, 2019 attracted representatives of key government’s ministries and agencies, including the ministries of Transport and Mines and Energy. Other agencies are Forestry Development Authority (FDA), and Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC).

EPA Deputy Executive Director Randall M. Dobayou, spoke of plans to work with the University of Liberia (UL) to introduce three masters’ degree programs that will focus on environment.

Benjamin S. Karmorh,  United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), Focal Person and Dr. Charles Asumana, an EPA staff led the first two sessions of the workshop, which focused on the importance of a GHG Inventory System; the current system for producing GHG inventory in the country.

Karmorh underscored the importance of data sharing between participating ministries and organizations, so as to have a uniform inventory on greenhouse gases (GHG) and the needs for a platform that collect, and store data from various bodies.

The rest of the sessions for the day were handled by Dr. Sumana Bhattacharya, IORA Ecological solutions vice president for climate change. She led the workshop in assessing the capacity gaps in preparing a GHG inventory in Liberia.

Madam Bhattacharya also trained participants on the use of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) worksheets, and the IPCC inventory software.

The workshop improved capacity of national actors in reporting on GHG and climate change. It also improved networking and data sharing between ministries, organizations and agencies to produce uniform data on GHG emissions.

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