TRAC seeks to help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in line with what the science demands, by developing standards, tools, data platforms, and analysis that provide the foundation for effective, large-scale climate action. Our aim is that as a result of our work, a number of key countries, companies, and cities around the world have set ambitious, measurable targets to reduce their emissions – creating a tipping point for global action.

Our strategy for success incorporates four key elements: Standards and tools, Reporting and data platforms, Data Analysis, and Campaigns. Through the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and MAPT programs, TRAC develops the world's top GHG accounting standards and tools for companies, cities, and countries, and helps governments build capacity to track progress toward meeting domestic climate and energy goals. The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) serves as the global framework for accounting and reporting city and community-scale GHG emissions.

In addition, CAIT, WRI’s climate data explorer provides data platforms that aim to clearly show what is happening on emissions across countries, cities, and business sectors. TRAC also analyzes publicly reported emissions data to identify trends, issues, and opportunities and make recommendations that influence program and policy design. The Open Climate Network partners with leading research organizations around the world to monitor and report on key countries’ progress toward addressing climate change. Finally, TRAC leads or supports initiatives using reported data and analysis to encourage key decision makers to reduce emissions, and deploy effective communications strategies and partnerships to reach target audiences.