The European Commission (EC) has issued a public consultation, soliciting comments on potential revisions to the European Union’s (EU’s) rules for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to the EC, the current EU system needs improvements to provide faster feedback so that collective action can be taken. In addition, “future policy actions envisaged at the EU level require improved reporting of GHG emissions and removals, and climate-related information.”

Among specific improvements under consideration are (i) incorporating maritime emissions into the EU’s GHG reduction commitment, (ii) requiring aviation to account for GHGs other than carbon dioxide, and (iii) requiring EU member states to provide more information on their emissions reduction efforts in developing countries. The EC will accept comments on the public consultation until April 29, 2011.