13 Dec 2022
13 Dec 2022
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

Energy-related CO2 Emission Accounts and Datasets for 40 Emerging Economies in 2010–2019

Can Cui1, Shuping Li2, Weichen Zhao3, Binyuan Liu4, Yuli Shan5, and Dabo Guan1,3 Can Cui et al.
  • 1Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China
  • 2Institute of Blue and Green Development, Shandong University, Weihai, 264209, China
  • 3The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London, London, UK
  • 4Integrated Research on Energy, Environment and Society (IREES), Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen 9747 AG, the Netherlands
  • 5School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

Abstract. Since 2000, CO2 emissions from emerging economies have outstripped those of developed economies. To limit global warming to under 1.5 °C by 2100, over 100 emerging economies have proposed net-zero carbon targets. Yet the supportive data are lacking - no inventory of CO2 emissions outlines detailed sources by sector or distribution at the subnational level for these economies. Here, we redress the balance by establishing a dataset for an energy-related CO2 emission inventory that covers 47 sectors and 8 energy types in 40 emerging economies (Cui et al., 2021). Their emissions, growing rapidly by 3.0 % per year, reached 7.5 Gt in 2019 and were sourced primarily in coal and oil (34.6 % and 28.1 %, respectively) and consumed by the power and transportation sectors. Meanwhile, among African countries in this group, biomass combustion was responsible for 34.7 %–96.2 % of emissions. Our dataset fills a data gap by providing a detailed, robust emissions accounting baseline for emerging economies — an advance that will support emissions-reduction policymaking at global, national and subnational levels.

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Energy-related CO2 Emission Accounts and Datasets for 40 Emerging Economies in 2010 - 2019 Cui, Can; Li, Shuping; Zhao, Weichen; Liu, Binyuan; Shan, Yuli; Guan, Dabo

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Short summary
Emerging economies face challenges towards net-zero targets: inconsistencies in accounting calibers, missing raw data, non-transparent accounting methods, and a lack of detail on emissions. The authors established an accounting framework and compiled detailed inventories of energy-related CO2 emissions in 40 emerging economies, covering 47 sectors and eight energy types. The dataset will support emissions-reduction policymaking at global, national, and sub-national levels.