Greenhouse gas emissions by source sector (source: EEA) (env_air_gge)

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Compiling agency: Eurostat, the Statistical office of the European Union.

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1. Contact
2. Metadata update
3. Statistical presentation
4. Unit of measure
5. Reference Period
6. Institutional Mandate
7. Confidentiality
8. Release policy
9. Frequency of dissemination
10. Accessibility and clarity
11. Quality management
12. Relevance
13. Accuracy
14. Timeliness and punctuality
15. Coherence and comparability
16. Cost and Burden
17. Data revision
18. Statistical processing
19. Comment
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)

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1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation

Eurostat, the Statistical office of the European Union.

1.2. Contact organisation unit

E2: Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development.

1.5. Contact mail address

2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG

2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 15/03/2019
2.2. Metadata last posted 15/03/2019
2.3. Metadata last update 15/03/2019

3. Statistical presentation Top
3.1. Data description

This dataset includes data on greenhouse gas emissions inventory, as reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Note that Eurostat is not the producer of these data, only re-publishes them.

The European Union (EU) as a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reports annually its greenhouse gas inventory for the year t-2 and within the area covered by its Member States. The inventory contains data on carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3). The EU inventory is fully consistent with national greenhouse gas inventories compiled by the EU Member States.

Values flagged with 'd' have the notation key 'IE' (included elsewhere) in the original dataset published by the EEA. Notation key combinations that include NE (not estimated), as well as values reported with the additional notation key used by EEA ' – ', are reported as missing values in the air_env_gge dataset. All notation keys combinations that include a C (confidential) are flagged as confidential. The notation keys NA and NO are not associated with a flag.

EEA notation keys:

NO – not occurring.

NE – not estimated.

NA – not applicable.

IE – included elsewhere.

C – confidential.

3.2. Classification system

The dataset has five dimensions:

1) Air pollutant (AIRPOL): Greenhouse gases CO2, N2O, CH4, HFC, PFC, SF6, NF3 and their aggregate (GHG). The fluorinated gases and the GHG aggregate are in CO2 equivalents .

2) Geopolitical entity (GEO): EU Member States, EFTA Countries, Candidate Countries. See details under point 3.7

3) Source sector for air emissions (AIREMSECT): Sectors are classified according to the Common Reporting Format (CRF) in line with the UNFCCC reporting requirements. See details under point 3.3

4) Period of time (TIME): Data are annual.

5) Unit (UNIT): Thousand tonnes and million tonnes

3.3. Coverage - sector

The sectors are classified following emission source sectors as established by the IPCC and that these cannot be directly compared to economic sectors classified by NACE.

Please note that memo items are not separately reported but are an integral part of the sector classification. The sectors concerned are indicated by adding (memo item) to the label.

3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

See points 3.1 and 3.2.

For more information see the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories

3.5. Statistical unit

See points 3.1 and 3.2.

3.6. Statistical population

Not applicable.

3.7. Reference area

Data are available for EU Member States, EFTA and some of the candidate and potential candidate countries.

3.8. Coverage - Time

Complete time series are available from 1990 to latest reported inventory year (t-2), some countries report data back to 1985.

3.9. Base period

Not applicable.

4. Unit of measure Top

Thousand tonnes and million tonnes.

5. Reference Period Top

Calendar year.

6. Institutional Mandate Top
6.1. Institutional Mandate - legal acts and other agreements

Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and for reporting other information at national and Union level provides the legal basis for the compilation of the EU greenhouse gas inventory to the UNFCCC. Within the EU inventory system, the European Environment Agency and its European Topic Centre on Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation are responsible for the annual compilation of the EU inventory.

6.2. Institutional Mandate - data sharing

Not applicable.

7. Confidentiality Top
7.1. Confidentiality - policy

Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment

See point 7.1.

8. Release policy Top
8.1. Release calendar

The EEA publishes the validated GHG inventory data in May. Eurostat re-publishes the data shortly after.

8.2. Release calendar access

Not applicable.

8.3. Release policy - user access

In line with the Community legal framework and the European Statistics Code of Practice Eurostat disseminates European statistics on Eurostat's website (see item 10 - 'Accessibility and clarity') respecting professional independence and in an objective, professional and transparent manner in which all users are treated equitably. The detailed arrangements are governed by the Eurostat protocol on impartial access to Eurostat data for users.

9. Frequency of dissemination Top


10. Accessibility and clarity Top
10.1. Dissemination format - News release

Not applicable.

10.2. Dissemination format - Publications

Eurostat's Statistics Explained article:

Energy, transport and environment indicators

Sustainable development in the European Union

Smarter, greener, more inclusive? – Indicators to support the Europe 2020 strategy

10.3. Dissemination format - online database

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (source: EEA) (env_air_gge) :

10.4. Dissemination format - microdata access

Not applicable.

10.5. Dissemination format - other

Data are produced and published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

10.6. Documentation on methodology
10.7. Quality management - documentation

See 10.6.

11. Quality management Top
11.1. Quality assurance

Quality of the data is ensured by the European Environment Agency (EEA)

11.2. Quality management - assessment

See point 11.1.

12. Relevance Top
12.1. Relevance - User Needs

Users include policy makers in environmental administrations, environmental organisations, students and interested citizens.

The information is very relevant in the combat against climate change and it is used to monitor the targets set.

See also the website of Climate strategies & targets.

12.2. Relevance - User Satisfaction

Not applicable.

12.3. Completeness

Data are complete.

Pleas note that the EEA dataset does not include several sub-sectors of 4. LULUCF, hence the subtotals in this sector do not add ap to the sector total.

13. Accuracy Top
13.1. Accuracy - overall

See 10.6.

13.2. Sampling error

Not applicable.

13.3. Non-sampling error

Not applicable.

14. Timeliness and punctuality Top
14.1. Timeliness

The European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes data 18 months after the reference year.

14.2. Punctuality

Not applicable.

15. Coherence and comparability Top
15.1. Comparability - geographical

Comparability across countries is considered good.

15.2. Comparability - over time

Comparability over time is considered good.

15.3. Coherence - cross domain

Data are coherent with international guidelines.

15.4. Coherence - internal

Internal coherence is high.

16. Cost and Burden Top

Eurostat is not the producer of the data. Therefore the cost and burden for Eurostat is limited.

17. Data revision Top
17.1. Data revision - policy

The original GHG inventory data are revised every year for the entire time series.

17.2. Data revision - practice

See 17.1.

18. Statistical processing Top
18.1. Source data

EEA database

18.2. Frequency of data collection


18.3. Data collection

Data are collected and published by EEA.

18.4. Data validation

Data are validated by EEA.

18.5. Data compilation

Eurostat downloads data from EEA website and re-publishes it.

18.6. Adjustment

Not applicable.

19. Comment Top


Related metadata Top

Annexes Top