Data Source

Climate Analysis Indicator Tool (CAIT)

CAIT is WRI’s Climate Analysis Indicators Tool – an information and analysis tool on global climate change. It provides a comprehensive and comparable database of greenhouse gas emissions data (including all major sources and sinks) and other relevant indicators. CAIT can be used to analyze data questions and to support policy decisions made under the UNFCCC and other fora.

Second National Communication on Climate Change of the People's Republic of China

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China submitted its “Second National Communication on Climate Change of the People’s Republic of China” to the UNFCCC in November 2012. The Communication contains a national greenhouse gas inventory of China’s emissions in 2005, and descriptions of the impacts of climate change in China and China’s policies and actions on climate change mitigation.

Why China Is Acting on Clean Energy: Successes, Challenges, and Implications for U.S. Policies

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Presentation by Joanna Lewis, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and International Affairs, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, given at a Congressional briefing “Why China Is Acting on Clean Energy: Successes, Challenges, and Implications for U.S. Policies”, Washington, D.C., October 12, 2012.

The World Bank

The World Bank provides a database of official-source development statistics–The World Development Indicators (WDI). The WDI includes over 800 economic, social, and environmental indicators, with data available for most countries. CO2 emissions (metric ton per person) and energy use statistics are included. The World Bank also publishes a variety of other data resources.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compiles and produces a variety of climate and energy data resources. For example, a 2006 report lists estimates of historic and projected non-CO2 gas emissions by source for a number of countries. The EPA website also tracks developments in a number of U.S.-China partnerships.


In accordance with the the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), participant countries submit official national greenhouse gas inventories to the Climate Change secretariat. National GHG emissions data from 1990-2007 is categorized by year, country, source, and type of gas, and is publicly available on the UNFCCC website.

Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR)

The Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) is a joint project of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). EDGAR provides historical and current global anthropogenic emissions of GHGs and other air pollutants. See more here.

BP Statistical Review of World Energy

Summary: The BP Statisitical Review of World Energy provides data on production, consumption, reserves, price, and trade for major fuel types (coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, and renewables) categorized by region/country. The BP Statistical Review of World Energy is compiled from official statistics and third-party data and presented in an annual report.

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (ORNL)

The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) is the primary climate change data center for the U.S. Department of Energy, and is located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). CDIAC contains comprehensive records related to global climate and atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Data on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel consumption and land-use changes are included.

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Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Summary: The Energy Information Administration (EIA) produces policy-neutral energy statistics, forecasts, and analysis for the U.S. government. The EIA's China Energy Profile includes data on consumption, production and reserves for major fuel sources (coal, oil, and natural gas), the electric power sector, and indicators such as CO2 emissions.