Global Calculator 2050

New tool sheds light on the relationship between human activity and greenhouse gas emissions

EMBARQ helps lead the transport sector calculations for the 2050 Global Calculator, collecting emissions data across transport modes, like the three shown here in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Photo by Marcelo Druck/Flickr.

The Global Calculator is live! Visit to learn more about how our lifestyles impact the global climate. 

The Global Calculator 2050 is a tool that explores the relationship between human activities and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through varying scenarios through the year 2050. This will be the first tool to provide a simple platform for business leaders, NGOs, and governments to analyze the aggregated amount of GHG emissions from several sectors – including transport, energy production, agriculture, and forestry – at a global level. The primary purpose of the Global Calculator 2050 is to test and compare the feasibility and attractiveness of various potential development pathways by 2050. It will aggregate the amount of CO2 emissions from key sectors following four potential scenarios: business as usual, two intermediate scenarios, and the most sustainable scenario possible. This is first transparent and user-friendly tool to do so on a global level.

The project is spearheaded by the United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). EMBARQ is leading transport sector calculations in partnership with CLIMACT. The full Global Calculator 2050 will be released ahead of the 2014 UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 20) in Lima, Peru.

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