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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.