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17.11.2014

Can't cut what you don't count: Launch of a powerful GHG protocol for cities

World Resources Institute, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group are pleased to announce the launch of a powerful GHG protocol for cities Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) on 8th December coinciding with the Lima Climate Change Conference (COP 20).

Accounting for more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, cities represent the single greatest opportunity for tackling climate change. The first step for cities in realizing their mitigation potential is to identify and measure where their emissions come from – after all, you can’t cut what you don’t count.

That is why the World Resources Institute (WRI), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) have partnered to create the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) -- the world’s most widely-endorsed GHG accounting and reporting standard for cities.

By providing a consistent and transparent way to measure emissions which conforms with IPCC national guidelines, the GPC enables cities to build more effective climate strategies and track the performance of actions already underway. City leaders can also use reliable and comparable data they collect to make a compelling case for low-carbon development funding from national and international sources.

The GPC pilot was released in May 2012 and pilot-tested by 35 cities worldwide, covering developed and developing cities from both hemispheres. Throughout the piloting process cities provided valuable input and contributed to making the GPC more user-friendly and technically robust. It has also been used by 16 Urban-LEDS project cities to develop their community-scale greenhouse gas inventories, including 8 model cities and 8 satellite cities in Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa.

You are invited to the launch event for this important new GHG protocol on December 8th at Lima City Hall, coinciding with the Lima Climate Change Conference (COP 20).Prominent city leaders and senior representatives from international organizations will take part in presentations and panel discussions to elaborate on the significance of city leadership and the GPC in advancing climate action.

Location: Lima City Hall (TBC) - Lima, Peru

Date & Time: Monday, December 8, 2014, 16:00-17:30

Space is limited. Register to attend the event.

The launch event is open to media.

For more information about the event, please contact:

ICLEI: Mona Ludigkeit at +49-228 / 97 62 99-23, mona.ludigkeit(at)iclei.org

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