Report: India at top in Emissions related to Crop Burning

Climate tech start-up, Blue Sky Analytics, published its report on emissions related to crop burning. In the report, India has been ranked at the top position.

Key Points

  • As per report, India accounted for 13 per cent of total global emissions in the period of 2015-2020.
  • Report notes a 12.2 percent contribution by India towards the cropland fire emissions in 2020 alone.
  • The data highlights the new insights into recent trends in biomass fires, including emissions from crop residue and forest residue fires in India.
  • For instance, data in report verifies the downward trend of crop fires between 2016 and 2019. As per report, GHG emissions due to cropland fires has reduced by 11.39 per cent in between 2016-2019.
  • In between 2019-20, GHG emissions has increased by 12.8 per cent. As a result of this, India’s global contribution has become 12.2 per cent.

Blue Sky Analytics

Blue Sky Analytics is the Indian Climate tech start-up. It was founded by an IIT alumnus. It is a part of global coalition called “Climate TRACE”.

Climate TRACE

Climate TRACE is a global coalition that works on the mission of accelerating climate action by providing near-real-time and independent high-resolution GHG emissions data. Innovative approach followed by Climate TRACE fills critical knowledge gaps for all the countries, which also rely on patchwork system of self-reporting.

Emission Estimates

Emissions estimates provided by Blue Sky Analytics cover fires caused by human activities. It includes burning in forest areas to convert it into agricultural land or crop residues. It also covers fires caused by wildfire activity. It prepared report by combining multiple satellite data sources.


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