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Why is it important for cities and local governments to measure, report and verify local climate action?

Measurement helps officials identify the drivers and scale of greenhouse gas emissions and allows them to monitor progress achieved over time.

Reporting helps policy-makers arrive at informed decisions for local climate action and makes local climate action transparent.

Verification allows for accountability and comparability of information which can later help cities and local governments achieve access to global climate funds.

Why would cities and local governments report through the cCR?

National governments report their climate information through the United Nations system. The business community has also created its own unique recording process. While local governments are part of the public management system within their respective national jurisdictions, it is believed that a definitive global mechanism to record local climate action should be developed by local governments for local governments.

What is the relationship between the Mexico City Pact, cCR and carbonn®?

Article. 4 of the Mexico City Pact states that signatories will report their climate commitments, performance and actions regularly through the carbonn Climate Registry. 

The cCR will present the list of cities that sign the Pact and provide an online, real-time scorecard of what signatory cities report.

The Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting - carbonn® will collect and compile data provided by cities, as well as ensure continuous improvement of the system and help build cities' capacity to measure and report their climate information.

What type of information will a “cCR Reporting government” report?

A scorecard of “cCR Reporting governments” will be available on the cCR website, which will present a summary of climate information such as the number of climate commitments, availability of latest GHG inventories and number of mitigation actions, including proposals in need of funding.

Further information will be accessible through a link to carbonn® which includes detailed information about:

  • Reduction Commitments: at the Government and/or community level, focusing on CO2, CO2eq, Carbon Intensity, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.
  • GHG Emissions Performance: guided by the International Local Government GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol (IEAP), prepared for Government and Community sectors.
  • Climate Actions: featuring mitigation and adaptation actions, and their status of implementation (completed, in progress,seekin funding) in the areas of awareness raising, capacity building, legislation, technology investment.

What are the incentives for cities and local governments to join the cCR?

Cities joining the cCR will be a part of a global community of local governments who will share details of their local climate action with the rest of the world.

cCR Registered cities and cCR Reporting cities are invited to display their respective cCR logo to announce their participation in this global community.

cCR Reporting cities are eligible to participate at knowledge development and capacity building activities that will be organized by carbonn®.

Cities that increase transparency and accountability surrounding their climate data will have a better chance of accessing global climate funds.

Cities joining the cCR will also have the opportunity to learn from other participating cities.

Can cities report without signing the Mexico City Pact?

Yes, cities who do not wish to sign the Mexico City Pact can also report their climate information using carbonn®. 

How will cCR ensure data quality?

Only official staff of local governments or individuals authorized by Mayor´s Office will be entitled to enter data and information on local climate commitments, performance and actions. The GHG emissions inventories will be prepared based on the guidance provided by the International Local Government GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol (IEAP) which will be continuously improved by carbonn®. cCR will also seek for synergies to ensure compatibility of local climate data that are enshrined by the national/regional/international accounting and reporting initiatives. It is envisaged that local governments will also improve the quality of their emissions measurements and reporting through a “learn by doing” process, as was the case for national governments and the global business community.

How will cCR address the verification process?

While acknowledging that any reporting process shall be equipped with a verification procedure, the initial goal of cCR is to facilitate and encourage measurement and reporting of local climate actions through a harmonized approach. The design of the most appropriate verification system for a global reporting mechanism of local governments sometime is undergoing further development, particularly with regard to local government relations with national climate processes.

It is also worth noting that the global verification processes (which is often called “international consultation and analysis”) is one of most controversial agenda items of the climate negotiations at the UN level.

Is there a fee to join and report through the cCR ?

Reporting through the carbonn Climate Registry is free of charge. While partners of cCR will strive to raise funds in order continue making the cCR a global public service, it is recommended that cities and local governments shall also consider to ensure sustainability of global reporting process through their own resources. Cities and local governments might be expected to cover costs of their attendance in knowledge development and capacity building events. Local governments who wish to join the carbonn Climate Index might also be expected to contribute to further quality control efforts.

Will the cCR partner with like-minded programs?

While the cCR is aimed to be the definitive global mechanism for reporting local climate action, it is acknowledged that similar efforts are also being conducted at the national and regional levels by various institutions and organizations. The cCR is open to developing synergies with these efforts so that cities are more likely to consolidate their data.

From a global climate governance standpoint, the cCR aims to contribute to the design of National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) and Measurable-Reportable-Verifiable climate actions at the local level. Another goal is to improve local government access to global climate funds.

The cCR approach to accounting and reporting local GHG emissions will also play a key role in developing the ISO standards for the carbon footprint of organizations.

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
World Secretariat, Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel. +49-228 / 97 62 99-21 Fax +49-228 / 97 62 99-01

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