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EDGAR prepares for COP23

  1. The EDGARv4.3.2 greenhouse gas dataset with timeseries and gridmaps is online available with full documentation (Earth Syst. Sc. Data Discussions), cfr.
  2. The update of the CO2 data until 2016 for all world countries is mid September available with the release of the booklet: “Fossil CO2 and GHG Emissions Trends for All World Countries”. The annual companion report “Trends in Global CO2 and GHG Emissions” will analyse the trends and is foreseen for October and will be published at the PBL website.
  3. The CO2 Monitoring Task force has progressed with the report on an Observation-based CO2 Monitoring and Verification Support Capacity.

What's new?

Global Emissions EDGAR v4.3.2: part I: the three main greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and N2O.

In EDGARv4.3.2 emissions are calculated for greenhouse gases and air pollutants per sector and country in support of atmospheric scientists and policy makers.

For the energy related sectors the activity data are mainly based on the energy balance statistics of IEA (2014) (Internet:, whereas the activity data for the agricultural sectors originate mainly from FAO (2014) (Internet:*/E).

For full documentation we refer to: Janssens-Maenhout, G., Crippa, M., Guizzardi, D., Muntean, M., Schaaf, E., Dentener, F., Bergamaschi, P., Pagliari, V., Olivier, J. G. J., Peters, J. A. H. W., van Aardenne, J. A., Monni, S., Doering, U., and Petrescu, A. M. R.: EDGAR v4.3.2 Global Atlas of the three major Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the period 1970–2012, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss.,, in review, 2017.

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Fossil CO2 & GHG emissions of all world countries, 2017.

The Paris Agreement (2015) acknowledges the need to ensure environmental integrity, creates a transparency framework and plans 5-yearly global stock takes from 2023 onwards. The Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) estimates CO2 and other greenhouse gases for all world countries and aims to contribute to an enhanced transparency.

EDGARv4.3.2_FT2016 dataset revealed that Global CO2 emissions are for the third year in a row plateauing with no further increase to a total of 35.8 Gton CO2 in 2016. The 0.3% increase in 2016 compared to 2015 is due to extra day in the leap year of 2016. CO2 emissions in the US (with 14% share of global total) reduced with 2%. Compared to 2015 there was a status quo in emissions of 2016 in China (29.2 share of global total) with -0.3% change and in the 28 EU Member States (9.6% of global total) with +0.2% change, respectively. The EU28 emissions mainly decreased over the past two decades reaching reduction levels in 2016 of 20.8% compared to 1990 and 17.9% compared to 2005. This yields since 2015 a constant EU share to the global total of 9.6%. In 2016 the EU28 emitted 3.4 Gton CO2, which corresponds to 6.8 ton CO2/cap/yr. This was obtained by a reduction of the 1.1% increase in 2015 compared to 2014 down to a 0.2% in 2016 compared to 2015.

While information for energy-related activities are available with recent updates (including 2016), no such fast updates are available for agricultural activities, but the agriculture showed historically to change much slower than the other sectors. As such, the global GHG total anthropogenic emissions (excluding land-use, land-use change, forestry and large scale biomass burning) are estimated to range between 40 and 55 Gton CO2eq/yr over the last 5 years. GHG emissions are determined by the fossil CO2 share and increased almost steadily over the entire period 1970-2012 from 24 to 47 Gton CO2eq/yr, yielding and increase in total GHG emission of 91%. The per capita GHG emissions decreased in the 1980s and 1990s till a minimum of 5.7 ton CO2eq/cap/yr but increased with 13% from 2002 to 2012 to reach 6.5 ton CO2eq/cap/yr. The share of CH4 and N2O emissions on the global total are in 1970 only 27% and 7% respectively and further decreased to shares of 19% and 6% for CH4 and N2O in 2012.

For full documentation we refer to: Janssens-Maenhout, G., Crippa, M., Guizzardi, D., Muntean, M., Schaaf, E., Olivier, J.G.J., Peters, J.A.H.W., Schure, K.M.: Fossil CO2 and GHG emissions of all world countries, EUR 28766 EN,Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2017, ISBN 978-92-79-73207-2, doi:10.2760/709792, JRC107877.

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The EDGAR v4.3.2_VOC_SPEC global speciated NMVOC emissions dataset.

Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC) include a large number of chemical species differing for their chemical composition and properties. The disaggregation of total NMVOC emissions into species is thus required to better model ozone and secondary organic aerosols formation. Region- and sector-specific NMVOC speciation profiles are here developed and applied to the EDGARv4.3.2 database covering the years 1970-2012, with the same sector resolution as the total NMVOC. The complete documentation on the speciation profiles and on the methodology used can be found in Huang et al. (2017).

Reference: Huang, G., Brook, R., Crippa, M., Janssens-Maenhout, G., Schieberle, C., Dore, C., Guizzardi, D., Muntean, M., Schaaf, E., and Friedrich, R.: Speciation of anthropogenic emissions of non-methane volatile organic compounds: a global gridded data set for 1970–2012, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7683-7701,, 2017.

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