Climate TRACE releases first database of global greenhouse gas emissions

By Climate TRACE

Emissions tracking coalition Climate TRACE unveiled the first comprehensive accounting of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based primarily on direct, independent observation. The coalition’s comprehensive and independent approach fills critical knowledge gaps for all countries that rely on the patchwork system of self-reporting that serves as the basis for most existing emissions inventories.

Based on data from satellites, remote sensing, and advanced applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the inventory is relevant to the more than 100 countries that lack access to comprehensive emissions data from the past five years. It enables global transparency by identifying precisely when and where emissions are produced, enabling leaders to pinpoint and prioritise where to focus decarbonisation efforts for maximum impact.

The inventory, which spans the years 2015–2020, reveals insights about recent emissions trends across ten sectors and 38 subsectors of the global economy.

To produce these insights, AI and machine learning was used to analyse over 59 trillion bytes of data from more than 300 satellites, more than 11 100 sensors, and numerous additional sources of emissions information from all over the world.

The Climate TRACE coalition launched in July 2020 and now counts 11 non-profits, tech companies, and universities among its members. More than 50 additional organisations from around the globe have contributed by providing access to datasets and additional AI models, reviewing Climate TRACE methodology, and validating findings. Software and data granularity are expected to drive further improvements and shorten reporting timeframes in coming years.

Visit the inventory/database to view and filter data by country, sector and more – including accessing the ability to download the data for use in your own work: