Measuring, Reporting, and Verification in a Post-2012 Climate Agreement

Measuring, Reporting, and Verification in a Post-2012 Climate Agreement

In time for Earth Day, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a report which argues that in order to reach agreement on new climate change commitments, nations will need to be confident that those commitments can be reliably measured, reported, and verified (MRV). Part of the center's series dedicated to advancing the international effort to slow and stem climate change, the report, Measuring, Reporting, and Verification in a Post-2012 Climate Agreement (40 pages, PDF), looks at how MRV currently is addressed in various countries, evaluates existing requirements and mechanisms under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and outlines a range of options for adapting these mechanisms and establishing new ones for purposes of MRV in a new international climate change agreement.