The Global Registry is the first open-source database of oil, gas and coal production and reserves globally, expressed in CO2-equivalent. By increasing transparency and accountability around fossil fuel production, the Registry aims to improve understanding of extraction impacts on the remaining carbon budget and ultimately to inform its management by decision makers.
Countries around the world are projected to produce more than twice the fossil fuels consistent with 1.5°C by 2030. It is clear that addressing the climate crisis requires managing the supply of fossil fuels, alongside demand-side measures, and that this needs to be done fairly and equitably. The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels is therefore the first the first-ever comprehensive, independent, policy neutral and fully open-source database that demonstrates the scale of CO2 emissions associated with each country's national reserves and production, thus enabling policy-makers, investors and others to make informed decisions to align fossil fuel production with 1.5°C, and equipping researchers with the data needed to provide timely analysis.
The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels is constantly collecting new data. It contains data from 139 fossil fuel producing countries, which amounts to 99% of fossil fuel production aggregated to the national level. Currently, disaggregated and asset-level data covers:
Assets and groups of assets
Oil projects by emissions
Gas projects by emissions
Coal projects by emissions
The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels aggregates data from thousands of government and corporate sources from around the world into one place - from the global level right down to individual projects.
All fossil fuels figures are expressed in terms of their carbon dioxide equivalent, based on a detailed emissions conversions model, making it possible to assess the climate impact of every barrel of oil and tonne of coal produced.
The indicative chart below shows when current and future paths of emissions from fossil fuel production under scenarios developed by the International Energy Agency might exhaust various carbon budgets set out by the IPCC.
The Global Registry is building an extensive library of analysis from researchers and institutions around the world using the Registry data to inform knowledge and decision-making around the transition from fossil fuels.