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Terms of Use

Terms of Use

The emissions data and associated metadata has been made available via Climate TRACE under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), with the exception of external datasets listed below. 

In general, this means that anyone is free to copy, modify and distribute Climate TRACE data in any format for any purpose, including commercial use, as long as you attribute it to Climate TRACE and indicate if you have made any changes . Please refer to the suggested citation format here. However, this summary is for informational purposes only, and you are solely responsible for reading and understanding the terms of the CC BY 4.0.

The Climate TRACE dataset also includes some data reproduced from the following external sources, which are generally also open but may have different specific terms. Users are encouraged to review the terms and conditions on the websites of the respective organizations and contact them directly for any clarifications or questions:

  • Country level emissions estimates for Other energy use, Road Transportation, Railways, Other transportation, Residential and commercial onsite fuel usage, Other onsite fuel usage, Solid fuel transformation, Other fossil fuel operations, Other manufacturing, Solid waste disposal, Biological treatment of solid waste, Incineration and open burning of waste, Wastewater treatment and discharge and Fluorinated gases have been made available from Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR):
  • Country level emissions estimates for Rice cultivation (in some geographies), Other Agricultural Soil Emissions, Enteric Fermentation- Other, and Manure Management - Other have been made available from FAOSTAT:
  • Source-level emissions estimates for some sources in the “Other manufacturing” sector have been made available from the following datasets:
  • Source-level emissions estimates for some sources under the “Solid Waste Disposal” sector have been made available from the following datasets:
    • US Environmental Protection Agency FLIGHT dataset:
    • US Environmental Protection Agency Landfill Methane Outreach Program: (some landfills only)
    • Canada Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program - Facility GHG Data:
    • European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register: 
  • Facility ownership information has been made available from a variety of sources, including primary sources such as company websites, secondary sources such as industry news articles, and aggregators such as PermID, OpenCorporates, and Wikipedia. A full list of data sources are included in the methodology documentation.

It is the sole responsibility of the user to review the terms and conditions for all the above sources prior to using the data. The Climate TRACE Coalition makes no claims or warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness or licensing terms for these datasets.

The emissions data has been made available via Climate TRACE to the public to support climate action, and encourage further research in identifying emissions sources. The models based on which emissions data were generated are continually evolving, and are expected to be updated over time and neither the Climate TRACE coalition nor its suppliers are  responsible for any reliance thereon. 

The Climate TRACE coalition and its partners have endeavored to ensure that the information made available via Climate TRACE is accurate. However, such emissions data has been (1) modeled using data  from third-party sources that are either publicly available or available through licensing agreements, or (2) collected from publicly available sources. The Climate TRACE coalition has no control over any aspects of such data, including its accuracy, timeliness, completeness or consistency. Users of the emissions data are advised to exercise caution and evaluate the methodology, data sources, and limitations of the emissions data. Users are encouraged to contact the Climate TRACE coalition in case of any questions or if any errors are identified, via the contact page.

The information made available via Climate TRACE is on an “as is” and “as available” basis without any warranty of any kind, whether implied or expressed, including, without limitation, any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. 

Climate TRACE did not select and does not endorse the geographic boundaries, names, and regions shown on maps and in lists, tables, documents, and databases on Climate TRACE. All such information was taken directly from the Global Administrative Areas (GADM) project (Version 4.1 released on 16 July 2022) for Levels 0 to 2 along with their corresponding ISO3 country codes except for the specific following adaptations made strictly for technical useability:

  • HKG (China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) and MAC (China, Macao Special Administrative Region) are reported at GADM level 0;
  • Kosovo has been assigned the ISO3 code ‘XKX’;
  • XCA (Caspian Sea) has been removed from GADM level 0 and the area assigned to countries based on the extent of their territorial waters;
  • XAD (Akrotiri and Dhekelia), XCL (Clipperton Island), XPI (Paracel Islands) and XSP (Spratly Islands) are not included in the Climate TRACE dataset;
  • ZNC name changed to ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ at GADM level 0;
  • The borders between India, Pakistan and China have been assigned to these countries at level 0 based on GADM codes Z01 to Z09;
  • Two IDs created for a region in UKR with missing IDs (at Level 1 and Level 2).

The above usage is not warranted to be error free and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of Climate TRACE Coalition and its partners concerning the legal status of any country, area or territory or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its borders.

Climate Trace®and the Climate Trace logo are registered trademarks of WattTime Corporation, a nonprofit member of the coalition who serves as its secretariat.





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