World Emission passed to Phase 2 for the full service implementation!

Clean air is of vital importance for our health and for the environment. Greenhouse gases emissions are also one of the factors responsible for climate change. This project began in 2022, and it is divided into two phases, each lasting for one year. The first phase has now been completed, and one of the team’s most recent accomplishments has been obtaining the European Space Agency’s approval for initiation of the second phase.

GMV is the leader of the World Emission project, and works with seven organizations: LSCE, KAYRROS, Capgemini, MPIC, ULB, BSC, and CYI.

Currently, World Emission is working with different atmospheric gases at a variety of scales: from localized sources to regional and worldwide production at an unprecedented scale. All of these data sets are being integrated into a single online portal, released in December 2022. This is being made freely available to the public, as a way of encouraging the use of emission inventory information analyzed based on satellite data.

One of the first challenges the consortium had to confront was the need to organize an international workshop just seven weeks after the project began.  Another challenge for the consortium was the difficult work of creating the World Emission portal within a period of only nine months. The team is also now deeply involved in the work required to implement the complete service and validate the final products.

It is expected that the final version of the online portal will be ready in December 2023, and the workshop for the project’s stakeholders will take place during the first months of 2024. You won’t want to miss it!

ESA’s World Emission first User Consultation Workshop!

The World Emission Project is holding the first User Consultation Workshop on the 27th of April 2022. The workshop seeks involving international experts, national (local and regional) and international reporting authorities, researchers, and policy bodies to consolidate a user requirement baseline for the implementation of an enhanced global air quality and greenhouse gas emissions monitoring service based on Earth Observation (EO) satellite data.

Please check the Agenda of the 1st Workshop for further information and our announcements section.

The attendance is restricted to the World Emission project stakeholders. If you want to participate, please read Become a stakeholder or contact us at

The European World Emission project kicks off

On March 4, the kick-off event of the World Emission project, funded by the European Space Agency, took place as part of the EO Science for Society initiative. GMV is leading the business consortium that will develop this project with the aim of improving the global emissions inventory service extracted from earth observation satellite data.

Emission inventories provide essential information on the emission of pollutants or greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, such as their magnitude, the type of activity they originate from, their changes over time, and spatial coverage.  These inventories are created to provide qualified scientific information on a regular basis to governments, subsidiary bodies, and policymakers to assess the progress of emission reduction measures and to decide on future strategies. These inventories are also used as input in scientific models at different geographic scales.

The World Emission consortium is made up of the industrial entities GMV, Capgemini and Kayrros, the Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory of the Pierre Simon Laplace Institute, the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry, the Free University of Brussels, the Cyprus Institute and the National Supercomputing Center (BSC). In addition, it has the support of the Free University of Amsterdam.

Over the project’s 24-month duration, existing inventories and the quality of the algorithms used will be evaluated to expand the range of gases emitted and emission sources, as well as the geographic areas monitored, in close collaboration with end-user organizations. Work will be done to improve recording algorithms and increase the spatial and temporal resolution of the inventories.

More about EO Science for Society:

The EO Science for Society initiative is based on four principles: promoting scientific excellence, leadership in EO applications to support international policies, collaborating through different platforms, and promoting downstream industry.

EO Science for Society is one of the pillars of the Earth Observation Envelope Program (EOEP). This program was designed to implement ESA’s strategy to derive the maximum benefit in applying Earth observation missions for science, society, and economic growth.