Tracking greenhouse gases
The sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in Germany are to be better monitored in future. This is the goal of the Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System (ITMS) for Germany, which was officially launched with a three-day meeting from 18 to 20 October 2022 at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena. The ITMS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to provide the German government and the public with reliable information on the state and development of greenhouse gas fluxes. What is new about it is that the sources (release) and sinks (uptake) of greenhouse gases can now be determined independently based on observations: Based on the measured concentrations in the atmosphere and by means of current modelling of the source and sink processes as well as the meteorological transport, new calculations with a high degree of reliability are made possible. It is precisely trustworthy data that is of particular relevance for a fact-based policy to mitigate climate change, for guiding the trade in CO2 certificates and the path to a climate-neutral economy (NetZero).
The full press release is availble in German language only, please refer to the German page.