The Compact of States and Regions, a reporting mechanism for leading state and regional governments to submit climate targets, today announced plans to reduce their emissions by 12.4GtC02e by 2030 – greater than China’s current annual output.
The commitments come in the initiative’s first ‘Disclosure Report', unveiled at the UNFCCC’s COP21 negotiations. Launched in September 2014 during Climate Week NYC with UN backing, the Compact tracks and reports progress by participating governments. It currently has the support of 44 states and regions together representing 325 million people and over US$10.5 trillion in GDP – one eighth of the global economy. In September 2015, Delta State in Nigeria became the first carbonn® Climate Registry (cCR) reporting entity to join the Compact of States and Regions as an Observer. Congratulations to Delta State for leading the way for states and regions in the Global South to engage in reporting and raise the ambition of climate action through the Compact of States and Regions!
The targets reported in this first disclosure report will result in cumulative emission reductions of:
In addition to these cumulative emissions savings, by 2050 Compact governments from both developed and developing nations will have reduced their collective emissions by almost 55% in absolute terms. The report also revealed both near and long term goals, with almost half having already set 2050 goals. A majority of these aim for reductions of more than 70% below base-year emissions.
The Compact commitments are also included in the Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) platform, the online tool developed by the United Nations with the governments of France and Peru for COP21. Through NAZCA, businesses, cities, regions and investors have already showcased over 10,000 climate initiatives. The cCR is the prime data provider of NAZCA.
The figures in today’s report are based on climate data reported by 44 sub-national governments across 18 countries and 6 continents. As a critical part of the post-Paris agenda of action by Non-State Actors, all state and regional governments are invited to join the Compact and begin reporting in 2016.
The Compact of States and Regions is a partnership between The Climate Group, CDP, R20 and nrg4SD. ICLEI is a supporting partner of this Compact along with the UN, Climate-KIC, Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) and ENCORE.