Al Gore helped launched “Climate Trace”, a Greenhouse Gas emission Tracking dataset

The Climate TRACE coalition released the most detailed facility-level global inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to date, including emissions data for 72,612 individual sources worldwide. The 70,000+ individual sites — including specific power plants, steel mills, urban road networks, and oil and gas fields — represent the top known sources of emissions in the power sector, oil and gas production and refining, shipping, aviation, mining, waste, agriculture, road transportation, and the production of steel, cement, and aluminum.

Today’s data release also expands and updates country- and sector-level emissions to include 2021 data following last year’s release of such data for the period 2015–2020, while also incorporating the ability to examine the data by different GHGs (e.g., carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide) and global warming potentials (GWPs). It provides a full view of annual GHG emissions since 2015 — the year of the Paris Agreement.

Unveiled at COP27, where international negotiators are focused on identifying ways to accelerate the implementation of global climate goals, this new information — sourced independently and primarily based on direct observations of activity rather than self-reported data — provides the detail and timeliness needed to inform and accelerate decarbonization decisions worldwide. World leaders, CEOs, investors, journalists, and activists can track progress toward net-zero goals and prioritize where they can achieve the greatest impact.