Practical case for France
Regarding the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the French database had already been developed prior to the start of the project: the Base Carbone® contains 2369 emission factors with full documentation.
The ADEME can provide 156 country-specific emission factors (in the following categories: fossil fuels, organic fuels, electricity production, electricity consumption, freight transport and passenger transport) from its Base Carbone® and adapted these factors to the structure and requirements of the new European database. The following table shows the number of French emission factors given per category.
The ADEME has also exported 29 European emission factors in the product and process categories.
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If you are a policy maker, you can also be interested in explanation about the way to build your own database, here.