Global Air Pollutant Emissions

EDGAR v6.1


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.

Time series 1970-2018

Monthly time series 2000-2018

Annual gridmaps 1970-2018

Annual (and monthly) sector-specific gridmaps

Sources and references

IEA (2019) World Energy Balances,, 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


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