Various solutions using the total emissions of any major anthropogenic source worldwide.


WattTime teamed up with eight other mission-driven, tech-savvy nonprofits and companies plus former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to co-found a coalition called Climate TRACE (Tracking Real-time Atmospheric Carbon Emissions). The aim of Climate TRACE is to make meaningful climate action faster and easier by establishing a global, objective and continuous emissions monitoring platform for all major sources of GHG pollution. The project grew out of the 2019 AI Impact Challenge to monitor power plant emissions using satellites, after which numerous organizations, companies, and environmentalists approached WattTime to explore what it would take to develop a comprehensive global emissions monitoring solution.


We realized the only way it could be done was to share crucial technology and data. Today, each founding member specializes in applying remote sensing to monitoring global GHG emissions in a particular sector. WattTime and our partner, UK nonprofit Energy and Clean Air Analytics, lead the work on emissions from fossil-fuel power plants.


Climate TRACE works by incorporating different types of satellite imagery (e.g., visible light, infrared) collected by various space agencies and organizations from around the world. We link these indicators countless records of when, where, and how emissions came about in the past, collected from ground- and sea-based physical emissions sensors, government sources, corporate disclosure forms, and other sources. We use these to train AI algorithms to spot indicators of greenhouse gas emissions in the satellite imagery. 


The project aims to launch in June 2021, in the run-up to this year’s crucial international climate negotiations at COP 26. In addition to the unified database of the final product, a more advanced model is planned for each major sector that estimates GHG emissions at whatever level of temporal and spatial resolution is possible and most relevant for driving impact in that sector.


Request for collaboration

WattTime and the coalition are eager to collaborate with anyone that wants to help build an ecosystem to generate GHG emissions data and apply it to drive impact. We particularly welcome collaborators who are:

1. Data Providers: Contribute non-public or unique datasets to improve our models. This could be company GHG disclosure data, sensor data, ground truth or remote sensing data.

2. Experts: Access or expertise in AI/ML models for activity tracking, emissions tracking, or adding a new feature to the platform.

3. Users: Tell us what data you need to reduce emissions, design policies or increase your impact on climate change mitigation.

If you are interested in collaborating with us as a data provider, expert, or user, please contact us here.


Which organisations and sectors are part of the coalition?

Founding organizations of the coalition include nonprofits Energy and Clean Air Analytics, CarbonPlan, Earthrise Alliance, Hudson Carbon, OceanMind, Rocky Mountain Institute, and WattTime; tech companies Blue Sky Analytics and Hypervine; as well as climate leader and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. The coalition organisations aims to initially track sectors accounting for approximately 90% of anthropogenic GHGs including electricity, industry, transportation, oil & gas, mining, agriculture and forestry, with the plan to add other sectors over time.

Where can I find more information about Climate TRACE?

For more information about the coalition, visit the Climate TRACE site.