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shipemissions Nov 05, 2013 09:20 PM
Why is it that the whole EU is calculating the emissions of ships for their country at least after the Tier II or Tier III method and only germany, the high tech european country with lots of high tech scientists is just using Tier I for the year 2012?? To me this sounds very strange for Europe nr. 1 industrial country so it must be wrong, does anyone know more on the german methodology calculating ship emissions? thanks!

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EEA Nov 13, 2013 09:42 AM
Thank you for your query.
Concerning emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), the information we receive from EU Member States shows that Germany is not the only Member State that uses a tier 1 methodology to estimate GHG emissions from shipping. For example, around half of the EU-15 group of Member States use some sort of tier 1 approach for estimating CO2 from diesel/gas oil in the shipping sector, but fewer for CO2 from residual oil.
An overview of the methods used by the different Member States is available in the EU GHG inventory report http://www.eea.europa.eu/pu[…]enhouse-gas-inventory-2013. Tables 3.62 and 3.63 show for example, for the EU-15 the different types of methods being used (Tier 1 or other etc).

You can find information on the methods Germany uses in its national GHG emission inventory in their national inventory report available at http://unfccc.int/[…]/7383.php

For your information, there is also a proposal being developed within the European union that may develop a future new reporting/monitoring system for GHG emissions from shipping, although this is not yet formally agreed and so no final details are yet available.

We hope this information may be useful to you.
EEA Nov 13, 2013 10:45 AM
Hi again, here is some extra information:
Annex I Parties to UNFCCC are required to estimate emissions from key sources using higher tier (IPCC) methods. International shipping is not a key source as it is not included in national GHG emission totals (emissions are reported separately as a Memorandum item). In addition, domestic navigation is not a key source in Germany (although it could be in other countries). Therefore, there is no requirement to estimate emissions from shipping (domestic or international) using higher tier methods in Germany.