Global Air Pollutant Emissions

EDGAR v5.0


EDGARv5.0 provides emissions not only for the greenhouse gases per sector and country but also for the air pollutants:

  • Ozone precursor gases: Carbon Monoxide (CO), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Non-Methane Volatile Organic Compounds (NMVOC) and Methane (CH4).
  • Acidifying gases: Ammonia (NH3), Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and Sulfur Dioxide (SO2).
  • Primary particulates: Fine Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5 and Carbonaceous speciation (BC, OC).

Emissions from large scale biomass burning with Savannah burning, forest fires, and sources and sinks from land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) are excluded.

For the energy related sectors the activity data are mainly based on the energy balance statistics of IEA (2017) (Internet: link), whereas the activity data for the agricultural sectors originate mainly from FAO (2018) (Internet: link). Additional information can be found in Crippa et al. (2019).

Novelties compared to previous EDGAR release (EDGARv4.3.2 (Crippa et al., 2018)) are:

  • new temporal profiles to compute monthly and hourly emissions (Crippa et al., 2020, in press),
  • new spatial proxies to distribute population-related emissions based on the Global Human Settlements Layer product (Pesaresi et al., 2019),
  • updates in the technologies, emission factors and end-of-pipe reductions for the power generation sector (for Europe, China and USA) based on the Platts 2018 database, and the implementation of the regulation taking place in these regions,
  • updates in the technologies, emission factors and end-of-pipe reductions for the road transport sector (for Europe only). These updates are based on the EMISIA 2018 data,
  • estimates of particulate matter emissions from road surface wear and road vehicle tyre and break wear based on the EMEP/EEA guidebook 2019 Tier 1 approach (link).

Conditions of emission data use and code of conduct

Users of the data are obliged to acknowledge the source of the data with a reference to the EDGARv5.0 air pollutant website (link) to Crippa et al. (2019) and to the DOI (link).

Co-authorship and involvement of the EDGAR Team in the emission data analysis is highly appreciated. User's comments and requests can be sent via email to the authors.

Timeseries 1970-2015

Annual gridmaps 1970-2015

Annual (and monthly) sector-specific gridmaps

Sources and references

Crippa, M., Oreggioni, G., Guizzardi, D., Muntean, M., Schaaf, E., Lo Vullo, E., Solazzo, E., Monforti-Ferrario, F., Olivier, J.G.J., Vignati, E., Fossil CO2 and GHG emissions of all world countries - 2019 Report, EUR 29849 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2019, ISBN 978-92-76-11100-9, doi:10.2760/687800, JRC117610.

Crippa, M., Solazzo, E., Huang, G., Guizzardi, D., Koffi, E., Muntean, M., Schieberle, C., Friedrich, R., Janssens-Maenhout, G.: High resolution temporal profiles in the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR), Nature Scientific Data, 2019, doi:10.1038/s41597-020-0462-2.

Pesaresi, Martino; Florczyk, Aneta; Schiavina, Marcello; Melchiorri, Michele; Maffenini, Luca (2019): GHS-SMOD R2019A - GHS settlement layers, updated and refined REGIO model 2014 in application to GHS-BUILT R2018A and GHS-POP R2019A, multitemporal (1975-1990-2000-2015). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) doi:10.2905/42E8BE89-54FF-464E-BE7B-BF9E64DA5218.

Crippa, M., Guizzardi, D., Muntean, M., Schaaf, E., Dentener, F., van Aardenne, J. A., Monni, S., Doering, U., Olivier, J. G. J., Pagliari, V., and Janssens-Maenhout, G.: Gridded emissions of air pollutants for the period 1970–2012 within EDGAR v4.3.2, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1987–2013, doi:10.5194/essd-10-1987-2018, 2018.


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