Global Unintentional POPs Emissions

EDGAR v6.0


EDGARv6.0 provides emissions not only for the greenhouse gases per sector and country but also for toxic pollutants such as unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs):

  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), benzo[b]fluoranthene (BbF), benzo[k]fluoranthene (BkF) and Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene (IcdP)
  • Dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs)
  • Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

For the energy related sectors the activity data are primarily based on IEA data from IEA (2019) World Energy Balances, (Internet: link), All rights reserved, as modified by Joint Research Centre, European Commission, whereas the activity data for the agricultural sectors originate primarily from FAO (2020) (Internet: link). United States Geological Survey (USGS), UNFCCC and World Steel Association (worldsteel) recent statistics are also used for activity data. Additional information can be found in Muntean et al. (2022, in preparation).

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 EDGARv6.0 website (link) to Muntean et al. (2022, in preparation) 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 1970-2018

Annual gridmaps 1970-2018

Annual (and monthly) sector-specific gridmaps

Monthly profiles (1970-2018)

Sources and references

Crippa, M., Solazzo, E., Huang, G., Guizzardi, D., Koffi, E., Muntean, M., Schieberle, C., Friedrich, R. and Janssens-Maenhout, G.: High resolution temporal profiles in the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research. Sci Data 7, 121 (2020). doi:10.1038/s41597-020-0462-2.

IEA (2019) World Energy Balances,, All rights reserved, as modified by Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

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.

Muntean, M., Janssens-Maenhout , G., Song, 5., Giang, A., Selin, N. E., Zhong, H., Zhao, Y., Olivier , J. G. J., Guizzardi , D., Crippa, M., Schaaf, E., and Dentener , F.: Evaluating EDGARv4.tox2 speciated mercury emissions ex-post scenarios and their impacts on modelled global and regional wet deposition patterns, Atmospheric Environment, 184, 56-68, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.04.017, 2018.

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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