Heede and the Climate Accountability Institute detail emissions of the Carbon Majors

The Climate Accountability Institute (CAI), in collaboration with CDP (London), announces the publication of operational and product-use emissions attributed to fifty major oil and gas companies over the period from 1988 to 2015.Press Release: Carbon Majors 2015 update: six companies responsible for one-third of emissions from oil and gas sector since 1988.

The Climate Accountability Institute and CDP jointly announce the publication of the Carbon Majors Dataset. The Dataset points to the central role of the oil and gas sector in global carbon dioxide emissions and highlights the risks and opportunities of the industry to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Dataset updates the Carbon Majors database of operational and product-use emissions attributed to the largest fifty investor and state-owned oil and gas companies from 1988 to 2015. This updates the original work by Richard Heede (2014) Tracing anthropogenic CO2 and methane emissions to fossil fuel and cement producers 1854-2010, Climatic Change, vol. 122(1):229-241; URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-013-0986-y?view=classic.

The Institute was established by Richard Heede, Naomi Oreskes, and Greg Erwin as a non-profit research and educ ational organization.

The Climate Accountability Institute engages in research and education on anthropogenic climate change, dangerous interference with the climate system, and the contribution of fossil fuel producers’ carbon production to atmospheric carbon dioxide content. This encompasses the science of climate change, the civil and human rights associated with a stable climate regime not threatened by climate-destabilizing emissions of greenhouse gases, and the risks, liabilities, and disclosure requirements regarding past and future emissions of greenhouse gases attributable to primary carbon producers.

Our vision is for a world protected from the social, economic, and environmental damages of climate change.

Our mission is to use climate accountability as a fulcrum for climate stewardship.

Our strategy is to leverage accountability by carbon producers into using their skills, capital, and resources to aid rather than oppose the transition to a low-carbon or zero-carbon energy future.

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Carbon Majors results. For more information please go here. For Publications go here.

“In my view, staying out of the fray is not taking the ‘high ground’; it is just passing the buck.”
—Steve Schneider Memorial Forum, Boulder, August 2011.

The Climate Accountability Institute announces a new paper: Heede and Oreskes (2015) Potential emissions of CO2 and methane from proved reserves of fossil fuels: An alternative analysis, Global Environmental Change.

News Update August 2015
The Climate Accountability Institute announces a new paper by Frumhoff, Heede, & Oreskes: The climate responsibilities of industrial carbon producers.

A “powerful, and gutsy” paper —Denis Hayes, Bullitt Foundation

News Update December 3, 2014
The Climate Accountability Institute is today releasing an update of the
Carbon Majors Project — detailing the emissions traced to the major industrial carbon producers in the oil, natural gas, coal, and cement industries — through the year 2013
Papers and charts available here.

News Update December 15, 2014
The Climate Accountability Institute is today releasing an analysis of
global fossil fuel and cement emissions of CO2 since 1751 that calculates
the proportion emitted since 1988 ‹ when the evidence and risks of
human-caused warming first became widely known.
Papers and charts available here.

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