EDGAR dataset "EDGAR 3.2 Fast Track 2000" (32FT2000)
In order to provide policy and science with recent global emissions, the EDGAR consortium of the Climate Change Units of MNP and JRC-IES of the European Commission (EC) and the German Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) has compiled a new dataset “EDGAR 3.2 Fast Track 2000”. This dataset with global emissions in 2000 of greenhouse gases and air pollutants is now available at the EDGAR website. The dataset is based on the EDGAR 3.2 estimates for 1995 and prepared by trend analyses at country level for each standard source category of EDGAR 3.2. It is the aim to produce an annual update of the Fast Track emissions.
Since making detailed updates of EDGAR is a laborious effort, the EDGAR consortium decided to initiate a new so-called ‘Fast Track’ action to estimate recent global emissions at country level based on readily available data. This initiative is prior to and in parallel with the more detailed update to EDGAR 4, which is expected to be released in 2006.
Contents of EDGAR 32FT2000
The Fast Track 2000 dataset comprises global anthropogenic emissions for the year 2000 of Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gases CO2, CH4, N2O, and F-gases (HFCs, PFCs and SF6) and of the air pollutants CO, NMVOC, NOx and SO2.
The emissions data are presented as country/sector tables and as 1x1 degree grid files at the same level of detail as the EDGAR 3.2 emissions data that have been published on the internet. For gridded emissions of large-scale biomass burning four variants have been compiled: annual burned area estimates for either the 1997-2002 average – which are most consistent with the decadal smoothed EDGAR 3.2 emissions – or the actual 2000 area and either the EDGAR 3.2 emission factors or the factors compiled by Andreae and Merlet in 2001.
A first analysis shows that global trends of methane and nitrous oxide emissions since 1995 are about 4% higher than estimated previously in the Environmental Data Compendium (MNC) using a much more aggregated method for global total emissions only. However, the uncertainty in the emissions remains large.
Since 2004 the EDGAR project team comprises scientists from the Climate Change Units of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP) (formerly associated with RIVM, Bilthoven, NL) and of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the EC in Ispra (I) and from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz (D). This consortium will cooperate in further developing EDGAR, while TNO (NL) continues as adviser to the new team based on their past experience.
The EDGAR consortium welcomes cooperation with all groups that are interested in global or regional emissions of greenhouse gases or air pollutants. Although the datasets are prepared in cooperation with various groups and individuals, other inventory developers are encouraged to make use of the EDGAR system facilities themselves by providing the opportunity to use the powerful options of the system to combine existing or new activity data, emission factors and grid maps to generate new datasets. If the work is incorporated in new EDGAR datasets, specific contributions will of course be properly acknowledged.
Renewed website & new website address
The website layout has changed, the structure has been changed and new links and a grid map viewing tool have been added. Most documentation is now available as web pages.
Until 2005 the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, in short: MNP was a RIVM Division. As a consequence, the web address of the EDGAR home page has changed too, but old links to the EDGAR website are still working. The new address is: www.mnp.nl/edgar. The alias http://edgar.jrc.it, which now redirects to the first web address, will in future become the main address when JRC-IES will host the new database system that is currently under development.