carbonn Climate Registry

Urban-LEDS cities report on their Local Climate Action

As of February 2014, 16 Urban-LEDS project Model and Satellite Cities from Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa, as well as European project cities, are reporting their Local Climate Action in the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR)

These 16 Urban-LEDS cities are contributing to local leadership on climate action, having reported a total of 152 actions, 18 commitments, and 20 greenhouse gas emissions inventories for the community, including Local Government operations inventories. The latter is highlighted as this is the area of action where the municipality itself can decide, influence, and show its leadership.

The Urban-LEDS project, funded by the European Commission, and jointly implemented by UN-Habitat and ICLEI, has the objective of enhancing the transition to low emission urban development in four emerging economy countries. The 16 Urban-LEDS cities registered in the cCCR are:





South Africa


Belo Horizonte



Nelson Mandela Bay

Almada, Portugal



Sol Plaatjie

Copenhagen, Denmark




Porto Alegre


Rio de Janeiro



Cities do not operate in isolation. There is often a sub-national level of governance above the local government level, and the national or federal level of government. Ideally these levels need to discuss, jointly explore and create synergies when setting commitments to reduce emissions and for reporting purposes. This is addressed in the Urban-LEDS project.

Part of this exploration is determining what vertically integrated nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (V-NAMAs) could look like. Considering that provinces, regions, states and cities (sub-national governments) have a number of key competences in critical greenhouse gas emitting sectors such as waste management, energy in buildings and transport, this is a key area for climate change mitigation action. Multi-level governance can be supported by developing V-NAMAs. To support this exploration of what this entails, a webinar discussion series is being organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), in collaboration with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.


To learn more about:

-        the Urban-LEDS project:

-        the cCCR:

V-NAMA project:   International Mitigation Partnership and the International Climate Initiative (IKI)


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