Global Air Pollutant Emissions

EDGAR v8.1

Introduction

EDGARv8.1 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 primarily based on IEA data (2022) World Energy Balances, (www.iea.org), all rights reserved, as modified by Joint Research Centre, European Commission, whereas the activity data for the agricultural sectors originate primarily from FAO (2022) (www.fao.org/faostat).

Novelties of EDGARv8.1 compared to the previous EDGARv6.1 release are:

  • updates of all activity data up to 2022
  • updates of technology penetration, abatement measures and emission factors for power plant emissions and residential emissions in Europe
  • new spatial proxies as described in Crippa et al. (2024)


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 EDGARv8.1 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 1970-2022

Monthly time series 2000-2022

Annual gridmaps 1970-2022

Annual sector-specific gridmaps

Monthly sector-specific gridmaps (2000-2022)

Sources and references

IEA World Energy Balances 2022 Edition, www.iea.org/data-and-statistics, All rights reserved, as modified by Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

FAOSTAT, Statistics Division of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN: www.fao.org/faostat, Last access April 2023.

Crippa, M., Guizzardi, D., Pagani, F., Schiavina, M., Melchiorri, M., Pisoni, E., Graziosi, F., Muntean, M., Maes, J., Dijkstra, L., Van Damme, M., Clarisse, L., and Coheur, P.: Insights on the spatial distribution of global, national and sub-national GHG emissions in EDGARv8.0, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss. [preprint], doi: 10.5194/essd-2023-514, in review, 2023.

Contacts

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