Focal Point Kyoto
How it all begun
The Tuscan Focal Point Kyoto was established by the Regional Council as recorded in decision n°. 10 dated 22 September 2008, following proposal by Environment Officer Annarita Bramerini. The Region decided to implement the Regional Observatory for Kyoto l'Osservatorio Regionale per Kyoto introducing in advance the approach anticipated by the European Commission during the presentation of proposals to the European Parliament in January 2008, aimed at achieving the objective of a 20% reduction in greenhouse gases from 1990 to 2020,
What it does
The Focal Point forms a point of reference for the collection and analysis of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions (the three main greenhouse gases contemplated by the Kyoto Protocol), based on the regional inventory of emission sources into environmental air (IRSE) at different spatial scale. Thus the Focal Point, hosted by LaMMA Consortium, serves as a kind of regional control panel through which to monitor emissions and absorption, on the basis of which to develop the Tuscan action plan. The Focal Point:
- publishes a periodical online update of the state of emissions in Tuscany, and produces scenarios and projections for the different sectors;
- use biogeo-chemical models to monitor the capacity of Tuscany's forest ecosystems to absorb CO2, and publish seasonal reports;
- contribute to the analysis of the region’s energy system by organising and supplementing data and developing viewing and management systems;
- support local and regional bodies in the design of plan and proposal for sustainable development for what it concern carbon emissions-absorption estimates and climate analysis.
Through the “WebGIS-Kyoto”, updated periodically, common users and policy makers can access data on carbon emissions, absorptions and carbon balance at regional and local level. They can also view the trends of forest sink activity (NEE-Net Ecosystem Exchange) over the yeras and make specific visualization, selection or estraction queries.