Military emissions raised in the 57th IPCC meeting

Interventions made during the 57 th meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) by Lindsey Fielder Cook, QUNO Representative for the Human Impacts of Climate Change, and supported by Alana M Carlson, Climate Change and Sustainability Programme Assistant, on behalf of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC).

“Thank you for your engagement to clarify a process to ensure all military emissions are included in the national greenhouse gas inventories.  Where they are not included, our modelling and projections could be compromised.  As we know, in the UNFCCC Nationally Determined Contributions, reporting military emissions is voluntary, and many governments have chosen not to.  Yet some countries’ military emissions are higher than the total emissions of individual countries. This is a critical issue, and we look forward to hearing progress on this issue.”

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin’s (ENB) summary of the whole discussion for the public; Page 12:

“UKRAINE asked whether there is any methodology to account for the high atmospheric carbon emissions resulting from rockets and other explosions related to Russia’s invasion of her country. Co- Chair Tanabe clarified that any anthropogenic emissions occurring in a country should be included in national GHG inventories, including those related to military actions. FWCC welcomed a process to ensure that all military emissions are included in national GHG inventories, noting that reporting is currently voluntary.”