Last reviewed on May 13, 2014

Documentation of California's Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Main sources (transmission and distribution of electricity, and microprocessor manufacturing) of sulfur hexafluoride
Main sources of sulfur hexafluoride

Greenhouse gas inventories involve a wide range of human activities. Estimating the amount of greenhouse gases generated by these activities requires using a multiplicity of data sources and a diverse set of methodologies. Storing, cataloging, and documenting such a multifaceted set of information is challenging. ARB staff has designed a custom relational database to hold California's greenhouse gas inventory information.

Online Documentation Pages

2000-2012 Inventory

Each of the emission values contained in the detailed 2000-2012 inventory table by IPCC category has its own documentation page accessible through a hierarchical index based on the same categorization. The goal of these pages is to summarize all the information that was used by ARB staff to produce the particular emission value. With this information, the methodology used to derive the GHG estimates may be assessed and independently verified. These documentation pages are also accessible by economic sector and/or by activity through the inventory query tool.

1990 Inventory

Documentation pages for the 1990 inventory are accessible by IPCC category through the 1990 index. They are also accessible by economic sector and/or by activity through the 1990 inventory query tool.

Technical Support Documents

The technical support document detailing the data sources and methods used to develop the 2000-2012 GHG inventory is available for download from the link below.

The technical support documents detailing the data sources and methods used to develop previous versions of the GHG inventory, are available on the Publications page.

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