Climatic Change

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 15-58

First online:

National greenhouse gas accounts: Current anthropogenic sources and sinks

  • Susan SubakAffiliated withStockholm Environment Institute
  • , Paul RaskinAffiliated withStockholm Environment Institute - Boston, Tellus Institute
  • , David Von HippelAffiliated withStockholm Environment Institute

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This study provides estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from the major anthropogenic sources for 142 countries. The data compilation is comprehensive in approach, including emissions from CO, CH4, and N2O, and ten halocarbons, in addition to CO2. The sources include emissions from fossil fuel production and use, cement production, halocarbons, landfills, land use changes, biomass burning, rice and livestock production and fertilizer consumption. The approach used to derive these estimates corresponds closely with the simple methodologies proposed by the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Task Force of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The inventory includes a new estimate of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel combustion based principally on data from the International Energy Agency. The research methodologies for estimating emissions from all sources is briefly described and compared with other recent studies in the literature.