Field Detail
Code MDG-7.2.1
MDG code MDG-7.2.1
Name CO2 emissions, total ('000 metric tons)
Definition Estimates of total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions include anthropogenic emissions, less removal by sinks, of carbon dioxide (CO2). The term “total” implies that emissions from all national activities are considered. The typical sectors for which CO2 emissions/removals are estimated are energy, industrial processes, agriculture, waste, and the sector of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). National reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that follows the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change guidelines is based on national emission inventories and covers all sources of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions as well as carbon sinks (such as forests). CO2 emissions/removals by land use, land-use change and forestry are often known with much less certainty than emissions from the other sectors, or emissions/removals estimates for LULUCF may not be available at all. In such cases, “total” emissions can be calculated as the sum of emissions for the sectors of energy, industrial processes, agriculture, and waste.
Calculation/Formula Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories http://www.ipcc-nggip.iges.or.jp/public/gl/invs1.htm
Unit of Measure Metric Tonnes
Policy Linkages National Development plans, Climate change strategies
Preferred Data Sources Global Monitoring data - UNFCCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Primary Data Collection System Survey - International Agency / Global Monitoring
Frequency of Data Collection Annual
SPC Responsibility - Data Management SDP
SPC Programme SDP
Other Metadata Link http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Metadata.aspx