Siglar Carbon help validate prediction model for Climate TRACE emissions map

September 22, 2021

We are excited to see the first version of Climate TRACE world emissions map and intelligence being published, and proud to say that Siglar Carbon played a small part, reviewing their maritime prediction model. We share the goal of making emissions insight available, because effective decarbonization starts with detailed knowledge of emissions sources – also in the maritime industry.

Last week, the Al Gore-backed emissions tracking coalition Climate TRACE unveiled the world’s first comprehensive accounting of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based primarily on direct, independent observation. The coalition’s aim is to make meaningful climate action faster and easier by mobilizing the global tech community to track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with unprecedented detail and speed. To produce new insights, the coalition harnessed AI and machine learning to analyse over 59 trillion bytes of data from more than 300 satellites, more than 11,100 sensors, and numerous additional sources of emissions information from all over the world.

At Siglar we share the ClimateTRACE goal of making emissions insight available. Our experience show that emissions insight provided by digital tech solutions can support both carbon and cost-efficient decisions. We are therefore proud contributors to this project. Siglar Carbon was approached by Climate TRACE partner OceanMind to review their shipping emissions estimation model, and to comment on the accuracy of its estimations.

Prediction-models are data-intensive, but neutral fuel consumption and emissions data on a granular level is scarce in the maritime industry. At Siglar Carbon, we collect and process emissions data on a continuous basis and hold comprehensive and granular emissions datasets. For the purpose of the Climate TRACE review, some of our customers agreed to use anonymized versions of their reported emissions data, so that we could compare OceanMind’s modelled estimates with actual emissions data on a ship-by-ship basis.

Mark Powell, senior analyst at OceanMind and Climate TRACE is responsible for the coalition’s accounting of maritime emissions, and he highlights the importance of granular data. “We greatly appreciate Siglar’s expertise and support. Thanks to their granular datasets and their valuable technical review we improved our emissions model,” he says.

Mark Powell, responsible for the Climate TRACE coalition’s accounting of maritime emissions
“We greatly appreciate Siglar’s expertise and support. Thanks to their granular datasets and their valuable technical review we improved our emissions model.”

The TRACE data is constantly evolving and improving, as the coalition aims to harness the latest improvements in technologies and methodologies to provide the most accurate picture of global emissions possible.  

We will continue to support Climate TRACE and other industry wide initiatives, because effective decarbonization starts with detailed knowledge of emissions sources. This is particularly true in hard-to-abate sectors like the maritime industry.  

Drop us a line if you want to learn more on how Siglar can help you understand and reduce your shipping emissions.  

Explore the newly released data at climatetrace.org.

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