Emissions Inventory Development and Collaboration

EM – July 2024: This month, EM focuses on topics related to emissions inventory development, reporting tools and improvements, and collaborative efforts to develop a novel emissions modeling platform.
by Amanda Brimmer

An emissions inventory catalogs and quantifies sources of emissions for a given set of air pollutants coming from human activities, such as vehicle use, industrial operations, and agricultural practices, as well as from natural sources, such as vegetation and wildfire. Pollutants have the potential to cause harm to the environment and public health, particularly in vulnerable communities, making emissions inventories a fundamental part of air quality management.

Emissions inventories are typically developed by either the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or state/local/ tribal (SLT) air agencies and are used to help inform both policy setting and scientific research. Emissions inventories can also provide information to the public about pollutants and sources in their area, which can empower communities to participate in the air quality management process. Given the multifaceted uses for emissions inventories, we present five articles that focus on various components of emission inventory development and collaboration.

Continue reading the full July 2024 issue of EM.


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