Global Air Pollutant Emissions

EDGAR v6.1

Introduction

EDGARv6.1 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 (2019) (Internet: link), whereas the activity data for the agricultural sectors originate mainly from FAO (2020) (Internet: link).

Novelties of EDGARv6.1 compared to the previous EDGARv5.0 release are:

  • updates of all activity data up to 2018
  • new international shipping proxies and monthly profiles (Jalkanen et al. (2012), Johansson et al. (2017))
  • updates of road transport technology penetration and emission factors (Muntean et al., in prep, 2022) for combustion and evaporative emissions
  • inclusion of NMVOC emissions from agricultural soils


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 EDGARv6.1 air pollutant website (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 1970-2018

Annual gridmaps 1970-2018

Annual (and monthly) sector-specific gridmaps

Sources and references

IEA (2019) World Energy Balances, www.iea.org/data-and-statistics, All rights reserved, as modified by Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

Jalkanen, J. P., Johansson, L., Kukkonen, J., Brink, A., Kalli, J., & Stipa, T. (2012). Extension of an assessment model of ship traffic exhaust emissions for particulate matter and carbon monoxide. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12(5), 2641–2659. doi:10.5194/acp-12-2641-2012

Johansson, L., Jalkanen, J.-P., & Kukkonen, J. (2017). Global assessment of shipping emissions in 2015 on a high spatial and temporal resolution. Atmospheric Environment, 167, 403–415. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.08.042

Contacts

For more information or data: JRC-EDGAR@ec.europa.eu