CDP and ICLEI launch a unified reporting system


Whats happening?

CDP and ICLEI are partnering to present one unified process for subnational climate action reporting. This collaboration will make reporting on climate change easier for local and regional governments worldwide.
From April 2019, local and regional governments will report through one simplified entry point. By streamlining ICLEI’s carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) and CDP’s reporting platform, we will radically simplify how local and regional governments report and will better enable them to track efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate change.
Crucially, local and regional governments will only have to report once on CDP’s platform. Publicly reported data will be automatically shared with ICLEI.


Why is it happening?

Local and regional governments will play a critical role in the low carbon transition to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Centralized reporting means that we have a clear picture of the scope and impact of subnational climate action, yielding data that can be leveraged to drive further and faster national and local action.
They have called for a unified reporting system to avoid reporting the same data multiple times. CDP and ICLEI have responded to this with a collaborative approach from 2019 onwards, building on each organization’s strengths.


What does this mean for reporting entities?

From 2019, local and regional governments will for the first time report climate action data through one unified reporting system. They will give their permission to both CDP and ICLEI to use their publicly reported data, and will receive in return the support of both organisations.
ICLEI will use this data to inform research and analysis activities and to represent local and regional governments on the global stage through our advocacy work.
CDP will use this data to produce analytics and snapshot reports for local and regional governments, allowing them to track their progress against their peers.  This data will be available on CDP’s website and Open Data Portal.
Reporting will remain free of cost, and the publicly reported data will be freely available online for all users that do not plan to use it for commercial purposes. We would encourage local and regional governments to report publicly as this strengthens subnational data and contributes to transparency and good governance.


How does this collaboration strengthen subnational data?

By streamlining the reporting process for local and regional governments subnational data will become more robust.
Due to this unified system, more local and regional governments will be reporting alongside each other and better able to benchmark themselves against their counterparts worldwide.
Local and regional governments can’t manage what they don’t measure. The reporting process encourages them to think about the climate risks that they face, now and in the future, in their respective jurisdictions. This process also motivates local and regional governments to create comprehensive action plans and set bold emissions-reductions targets.
More robust subnational data is also critical to raise climate ambition at the national level and to limit warming to a 1.5-degree Celsius scenario. A stronger picture of local and regional climate action supports national governments to scale up ambition and strengthens Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).