ICLEI announces launch of global greenhouse gas emissions protocol for cities

ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) launches the world’s most widely-endorsed GHG accounting and reporting standard for cities on December 8th 2014 in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit in Lima, Peru.

The World Resources Institute (WRI), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) have partnered to create the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) — the world’s most widely-endorsed GHG accounting and reporting standard for cities.

iclei_toplogoAccounting for more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, cities represent the single greatest opportunity for tackling climate change. The first step for cities in realizing their mitigation potential is to identify and measure where their emissions come from.

By providing a consistent and transparent way to measure emissions which conforms with IPCC national guidelines, the GPC enables cities to build more effective climate strategies and track the performance of actions already underway. City leaders can also use reliable and comparable data they collect to make a compelling case for low-carbon development funding from national and international sources.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises committed to building a sustainable future. By helping our Members to make their cities sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 20% of the global population.

More information can be found at ICLEI

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