The bank for a changing world

Latest figures from the Global Carbon Project show that global emissions of greenhouse gases continued to rise through 2013, thus gradually eroding our chances of meeting the target of limiting global warming to 2°C by the end of the century.

The figures can be freely consulted on the Global Carbon Atlas, a tool created by research teams at the Paris region-based Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LSCE) with the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation as part of the Foundation’s Climate Initiative programme.

The Global Carbon Project: measuring CO2 emissions worldwide

Global Carbon AtlasArising from burning fossil fuels and activities such as the production of cement, a total of 36 billion tons of CO2 equivalent were emitted in 2013, an increase of 2.3% on 2012.

Given the projections for worldwide economic growth, the current trend is likely – in the absence of any countervailing policy measures – to continue at least until 2019. This means that considerable efforts will be required to limit the increase in average surface temperature of our planet to 2°C by 2100.

Having set the above target, humanity has already released into the atmosphere some two thirds of the total permissible greenhouse gas emissions. If emissions continue along the current path, the projected emissions total will be reached in the next 30 years, i.e. in a single generation.

Global Carbon Atlas: visualising CO2 emissions and learning more about the carbon cycle

All the latest data on CO2 emissions from fossil fuels for 2013 can be consulted freely on the Global Carbon Atlas, an online application created by scientists at LSCE and the community of research laboratories worldwide that are taking part in the Global Carbon Project, which the BNP Paribas Foundation supports.

Available for the first time this year in five languages – English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese – the Global Carbon Atlas provides rigorous data drawn from published scientific literature, based on observations and models which quantify anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and natural carbon sinks.