The Compact of States and Regions – an ICLEI-supported initiative that records greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets and inventory data from sub-national governments – today announced that 20 governments, representing over 220 million people and $8.3 trillion GDP, have committed to a series of ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions.
These reporting governments currently represent about 1.81 GtCO2e (or 5%) of all global emissions, and with many more due to report over the summer, the potential emission savings through the Compact are set to be one of the most significant commitments presented ahead of COP21.
Presented at the World Summit Climate & Territories in Lyon, France, the initial round of targets includes:
In addition, the Compact will be a platform for governments to report climate data going beyond 2015 – ensuring that they continue to accurately report against their climate targets with reliable, publically available data.
This data will be part of 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 ahead of COP21. Through NAZCA, businesses, cities, regions and investors have already showcased 2,763 climate initiatives. ICLEI's carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) is the prime data partner of the NAZCA platform.
The following governments have submitted their climate data to the first round of reporting: British Columbia, California, Ontario, Oregon, Quebec, New York and Washington in North America; Jalisco, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Central and South America; Basque Country, Catalonia, Lombardy, Rhone-Alpes, Scotland and Wales in Europe; and Australian Capital Territory and South Australia in Australia.
An infographic mapping the governments and explaining the data is available here.