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Ghana’s ambitious climate reporting program

Ghana’s ambitious climate reporting program

Development of an ambitious reporting system on climate change: an integrated system for continuous data generation on greenhouse gas inventories (GHGI), mitigation actions and support.
  • Energy


Year Published

2013 - present

Case Summary
In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) launched the Ghana Climate Ambitious Reporting Program (G-CARP) following the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC decision to enhance climate reporting.

The G-CARP aims to facilitate the setting up of an integrated climate data management system that meets both national and international reporting standards as well as track national policies implementation.

There are four functional components of the G-CARP including: (1) Setting up of a revised institutional arrangement, (2) Operationalising the collaborative mechanisms (MOUs) that underpin activities of the institutions, (3) Setting up an online climate change data hub and (4) Continuous training and capacity development of new and existing teams.

The established Climate Change Data System shall serve as a good example of a comprehensive data system, which is well-integrated into institutional structures and processes involving all key stakeholders.
  • Technical Coordinator: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Lead institutions: Forestry Commission, Energy Commission, National Development Planning Commission;
  • Line Ministries: Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Energy & Petroleum, Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Food & Agriculture, Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development;
  • Government Agencies: National Energy Statistics, Public Universities, Tema Oil Refinery, Ghana Meteorological Agency, Ghana Railway Company, Volta River Authority, Driver & Vehicle Licensing Authority, Ghana Statistical Service (GSS);
  • Private Sector/Others: Business associations, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Volta Aluminium Company, and International Energy Agency.
Cooperation with
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through the ‘Information Matters’ project;
  • Sustainable GHG Management in West Africa Project Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the European Commission, the BMUB, the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and AusAID;
  • CD-REDD project.
Global Environment Facility (GEF)/United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); UNDP LECB; German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB); and World Bank. The Government of Ghana provided kind support in the form of office space, maintenance,and operating cost.

Results supported byUNDPWorld Resources InstituteTransparency partnership