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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).

What's new?

Trend analysis from 1970 to 2008 and model evaluation of EDGARv4 global gridded anthropogenic mercury emissions

The global mercury emission inventory EDGARv4.tox1 includes time series from 1970 to 2008 for gaseous elemental mercury (Hg0), gaseous oxidised mercury (Hg2+) and particle bound mercury (Hg-P). Human activities represented in this emission inventory include the metal and chlor-alkali industries, cement production, waste incineration, and combustion in power generation, manufacturing industries and residential activities, which correspond to the key mercury emitting sectors.
The new dataset can be downloaded from
Extended documentation on this emission inventory and results on the evaluation using GEOS-Chem model are presented in the “Trend analysis from 1970 to 2008 and model evaluation of EDGARv4 global gridded anthropogenic mercury emissions” paper (

Slowdown in the increase in global CO2 emissions in 2012.
PBL / JRC report 83593; EUR 26098 EN; ISBN 978-94-91506-51-2

Actual global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached 34.5 billion ton in 2012, which means a relative increase in 2012 compared to 2011 of only 1.1% - less than half of the average annual increase of 2.9% over the last decade. This is remarkable, as the global economy grew by 3.5% in 2012 compared to 2011. This development signals a shift towards less fossil-fuel intensive activities, more use of renewable energy and increased energy saving. Increases in fossil-fuel consumption in 2012 were 2.2% for natural gas (with US today's world's largest gas producer), 0.9% for oil products, and 0.6% for coal (with China still largest coal consumer) compared to 2011. Increases in coal consumption in Europe of 3% is observed in 2012 compared to 2011 (mainly caused by Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany), which indicates that coal with relative low prices (especially from cheap USA coal import) backs up the intermittent renewables, also compensating the reduced share of nuclear. The share of the 'new' renewable energy sources solar, wind and biofuel increased with accelerating speed: it took 15 years from 1992 for the share to double from 0.5% to 1.1%, but only 6 more years to do so again, to 2.4% in 2012.

This might indicate that a further slowdown in the increase in global CO2 emissions, is achievable if (a) China achieves its own target of a maximum level of energy consumption by 2015 and its shift to gas with a natural gas share of 10% by 2020; (b) the United States continues a shift its energy mix towards more gas and renewable energy; and (c) in the European Union, Member States agree on restoring the effectiveness of the EU Emissions Trading System to further reduce actual emissions.

More info can be found in the CO2 report 2013
With corrigendum: Errata
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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

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