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Copernicus Service Backs WMO’s Global Greenhouse Gas Watch Initiative

Copernicus Service Backs WMO’s Global Greenhouse Gas Watch Initiative
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Copernicus Service Backs WMO’s Global Greenhouse Gas Watch Initiative

EU-funded Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Supports Global Greenhouse Gas Watch

The EU-funded Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), implemented by ECMWF, is working to support the new Global Greenhouse Gas Watch (G3W) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Meeting in Bonn, Germany

To this end, it will host a G3W meeting from 19 to 22 September 2023 in Bonn, Germany, that brings together key global players in the field of monitoring the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

“CAMS is an active player in this field as it monitors and forecasts global levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) concentrations as well as net fluxes of those gases into the atmosphere,” says the Director of CAMS, Vincent-Henri Peuch. “So we’ll have a role to play in the WMO initiative.”

CAMS is going further by developing a capacity to monitor and verify anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in a consistent and reliable manner, but this is not part of the G3W initiative.

The WMO governing body, the World Meteorological Congress, approved the G3W initiative in May. It noted the “urgent need to strengthen the scientific underpinning of mitigation actions taken by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement”.

“This is a very important initiative as we are starting to see a movement towards taking observation-based decisions at a global level,” Vincent-Henri says.

Focus of the Bonn meeting

The purpose of the meeting in Bonn is to bring different organisations involved in monitoring greenhouse gases together and to develop common standards for exchanging data and comparing products.

“We want to make sure that countries that want to use these information products for their reporting receive all the support they need to navigate them,” Vincent-Henri explains.

To that end, data from different organisations, such as ECMWF/CAMS, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Chinese Meteorological Administration will have to be made comparable.

Another WMO workshop will take place from 3 to 5 October in Geneva, Switzerland. It will focus on observations to be used in G3W. By the end of the year, a G3W implementation plan is to be ready.

“The immediate aim is to make sure the outputs of different organisations are interoperable and their evaluation is harmonised, but we could go as far as combining products on greenhouse gases globally,” Vincent-Henri says.

How G3W came about

G3W was developed by the WMO to make the outputs of a number of organisations that monitor and predict levels of greenhouse gases comparable and usable globally.

Vincent-Henri and CAMS Deputy Director Richard Engelen contributed with many other international experts to a concept note in early 2023 that supported the WMO secretariat’s proposal for the initiative.

“G3W is a kind of top layer where products from different organisations can be shared and compared,” Vincent-Henri explains. “After a lot of preparation, much of which was online, we will have two physical meetings in Bonn and Geneva to work on the implementation plan of G3W.”

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Addressed or Connected to the Issues Highlighted in the Article:

  1. SDG 13: Climate Action
  2. SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Specific Targets Based on the Article’s Content:

  • Target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning.
  • Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development.

Indicators Mentioned or Implied in the Article:

  • Indicator 13.2.1: Number of countries that have integrated climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning.
  • Indicator 17.16.1: Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks.

Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 13: Climate Action Target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning. Indicator 13.2.1: Number of countries that have integrated climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development. Indicator 17.16.1: Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks.

Analysis and Explanation:

The article highlights the EU-funded Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and its support for the new Global Greenhouse Gas Watch (G3W) initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). These initiatives are directly connected to SDG 13: Climate Action, which aims to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Specifically, Target 13.2 of SDG 13 is addressed in the article. The target is to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning. The article mentions that the purpose of the G3W meeting in Bonn is to bring different organizations involved in monitoring greenhouse gases together and develop common standards for exchanging data and comparing products. This collaboration and standardization effort aligns with the target of integrating climate change measures into national policies and planning.

Additionally, SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals is relevant to the issues discussed in the article. Target 17.16 focuses on enhancing the global partnership for sustainable development. The article mentions the collaboration between different organizations such as ECMWF/CAMS, NOAA, NASA, JAXA, and the Chinese Meteorological Administration to make their data on greenhouse gases comparable and usable globally. This collaboration exemplifies the efforts to enhance global partnerships for sustainable development.

The article does not explicitly mention specific indicators related to the targets discussed. However, based on the content, we can identify indicators that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets. Indicator 13.2.1 can be used to measure progress towards Target 13.2, which is the number of countries that have integrated climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning. Indicator 17.16.1 can be used to measure progress towards Target 17.16, which is the number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks.

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