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The Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) provides global past and present day anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants by country and on spatial grid. The current development of EDGAR is a joint project of the European Commission JRC Joint Research Centre and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).

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The Under Two Degrees Memorandum of Understanding
signed by the Ministries of Environment for the regions Lombardy, Sardinia, Baden-Wuerttemberg, South-Holland and California

The Joint Research Centre was invited for a keynote lecture and support to DG CLIMA, DG ENER and DG GROW at global scale with the global emissions database EDGAR as well as at local scale with the Covenant of Mayors Project was presented.

Presentation: "Road to Paris 2015 climate talks with cities thinking globally, acting locally: JRC Contributions to European Commission support"

Towards a European Operational Observing System to Monitor Fossil CO2 emissions,
by P. Ciais, D. Crisp, H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, R. Engelen, M. Heimann, G. Janssens-Maenhout, P. Rayner, M. Scholze, reviewed by P. Bergamaschi, M. Dowell, G. Broquet, F. Chevallier, B. Pinty, H. Zunker

This DG GROW - JRC report, about a European CO2 Space programme under the Copernicus framework, provides a vision and a strategy for a European integrated observation system dedicated to the monitoring of fossil CO2 emissions using independent atmospheric observations. The construction and operation of this system proposed under the Copernicus programme comprises: (1) Atmospheric CO2 measurements obtained from dedicated space-borne sensors, complemented by in-situ networks, which together allow for the separation of fossil CO2 emissions from natural fluxes, (2) The operational provision of bottom-up fossil CO2 emission maps, at high spatial and temporal resolution, and near-real-time updates, (3) An operational data-assimilation system, which will integrate atmospheric measurements with bottom-up information into consistent and accurate estimates of fossil CO2 emissions and their trends. This report identifies current and future scientific and technical capacities that could enable such an observation system, with operational and internationally coordinated capabilities likely to be available in the 2030s. The system would provide European policy makers with a unique and independent source of actionable information, which would strengthen the role of the EU as global player in climate negotiations. As a follow-up to the European Parliament's resolution of 15 October 2015 on the use of space-based assets for monitoring trends in GHG emissions, this report gives Member State Representatives a scientific state-of-the-art overview and a robust proposal for an international greenhouse gas verification system based on data assimilation.

Download the report: CO2 space programme under Copernicus

EDGAR modal shift working group: on "The impact of modal shift (ship/truck) in transport on air emissions: methodology development for the best use of the available information and expertise in the Danube region."
19-21 October 2015, JRC-IES, Ispra (VA), ITALY

More info at: Working Group on modal shift

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Contact information: greet.maenhout(at)

EDGAR project team
Greet Janssens-Maenhout
European Commission - JRC Joint Research Centre
IES Institute for Environment and Sustainability
TP 290
I-21020, Ispra (Va), Italy

JRC The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national.