Compact of States and Regions

 

About

Announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York in 2014, the Compact of States and Regions is supported by the UN and is a partnership between The Climate Group, CDP, R20 and nrg4SD. ICLEI is one of the supporting partners and provider of the carbonn® Climate Registry (cCR), an officially recognized reporting platform for this Compact. 

The Compact of States and Regions supports global climate negotiations by providing a clear and accurate picture of sub-national government contributions through reliable and publically available data. Each year the Compact will aggregate data to showcase overall GHG reduction contributions made by sub-national governments around the world as well as assess their progress toward those commitments through GHG inventory data.

The Compact partners’ believe all state and regional governments – considering their different capabilities and circumstances – should measure GHG emissions and set ambitious reduction goals, because these are the pillars of a robust climate strategy. By acting locally, the Compact proves that state and regional governments are global climate leaders. And this action is increasingly being recognized, particularly following the launch of the UNFCCC NAZCA platform (Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action) at COP20 in Lima – which the Compact will supply data to.   


How to participate

Governments with existing GHG reduction targets and annually updated GHG inventories can join the Compact of States and Regions by reporting:

  • A public commitment*  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • A region-wide greenhouse gas inventory data consistent with the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) updated annually.

*Includes targets that have already been adopted. This commitment includes the following target types: base year emissions goals, fixed-level goals, base year intensity goals, and baseline scenario goals.

Governments without existing GHG reduction targets and inventories can “observe” the Compact by:

  • Submitting a public commitment to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target within two years;
  • To develop a region-wide GHG inventory consistent with the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) within two years, and submit existing data to the carbonn® Climate Registry (www.carbonn.org).

Annual disclosure reports will be compiled and published by the Climate Group with support from CDP's States and Regions platform, the Compact's central repository platform. 

 

The reporting platforms

The carbonn® Climate Registry (cCR) is a recognized reporting platform for local governments joining or observing the Compact of States and Regions. Data reported to the cCR as part of the Compact of States and Regions will be aggregated in the CDP states and regions platform (the other recognized reporting platform).

The cCR is open for voluntary reporting to all levels of governments, from towns and cities to states, regions and provinces. The cCR has been designed to support and facilitate vertical integration, encouraging local governments within the same geographic region to report, also ensuring that data is not double-counted when aggregated.

The cCR is managed by the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn® Center) based in Bonn, Germany, hosted by the ICLEI World Secretariat.

 

Resources

Interested in joining the Compact of States and Regions? Need more information? Then please contact us at carbonn@remove-this.iclei.org

Documentation available in ICLEI’s e-library, or to download directly:

 

Infographics for download: 

 

Contact

Interested in joining the Compact of States and Regions ? Or if you need more information, get in touch with us at the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting – carbonn® Center: www.carbonn.org  ; e-mail: carbonn@remove-this.iclei.org

 
 
 
 
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