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“You can’t manage what you don’t measure” applies to many areas; business, personal goals, sport and even environmental stewardship. According to Sindy Singh, a climate change specialist at the Ministry of Planning and Development, this maxim is “… particularly applicable in the mitigation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions”.

In order to ensure that the world our children will inherit is in a more than adequate state, we need to have a way of knowing the types of shows produced, how much of those shows exist, and finally the ability to know, with certainty, that our efforts to reduce emissions have paid off.

The way this is done is called the National Climate Change Mitigation Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System. MRV helps to make laws, describes who is responsible for various tasks / projects and contains a knowledge management system that records all sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, how our country plans to tackle these shows and what has already been done.

To learn more about how MRV works, you can visit the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) website ( and go to the “Knowledge Management System” page. , which can be found under “Our environment”. scrolling menu. There are 3 areas:

  • Data and information. In this section, you can enter information about emissions, mitigation efforts, related support received, and verification information.
  • Methodologies. Here you will find rules, protocols and guidelines on how to monitor, report and verify sources of emissions.
  • Procedures. This section describes the standardized report formats and procedures to use.

Trinidad and Tobago’s signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015 committed us to working alongside 192 countries to fight climate change and global warming. Our “nationally determined contribution” is to report on our GHG emissions and reduce them by 15% by 2030, compared to what they would have been if nothing had been done, in the areas of power generation, transport and industry. In addition, we are committed to reducing emissions by 30%, by the same date, in public transport.

For up-to-date information on these and other environmental issues and activities at T&T, you can join the MEA focal point network by filling out the Google form available on the Policy and Policy Division’s Instagram and Facebook pages. environmental planning TT.


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