ICLEI and CDP to develop simplified carbon reporting platform for local government
ICLEI and CDP are collaborating this year to develop a unified platform for city climate reporting, following an announcement made at last year's UN climate conference (COP23) in Bonn.
CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) is a UK -based organisation which runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. CDP has developed the world's most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data.
By streamlining the two systems into one centralized entry point, ICLEI and CDP aim to simplify how local governments report and enable them to track efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build climate resilience and protect themselves from climate impacts.
Beginning in 2019, the ICLEI network of cities, towns and regions will report alongside C40 member cities on CDP’s online reporting platform. Cities will only have to report once, on one platform.
ICLEI will continue to support and provide technical assistance to local governments, while CDP and ICLEI will both use the self-reported city data to provide robust analysis of the action being taken by cities across the world. The data and analysis will continue to support ICLEI’s advocacy messaging in its capacity as the focal point of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency (LGMA) at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
ICLEI will use the data to shape and substantiate its messages to nations and UN agencies to ensure that subnational commitments, plans and activities are embedded in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
City governments are increasingly implementing local policies that recognize sustainable investments as essential to tackling climate risks, and developing new markets, creating jobs and making their cities attractive places to live and work. ICLEI says there has been a 20-fold increase in the number of city actions on climate change in six years, and they hope to build on this by tapping into a wider network.
NOTE: Steve Gawler, the Regional Director of ICLEI Oceania, will be presenting an address and participating in a panel discussion on the role of Local Government in Responding to Climate Change at the Climate Leadership Conference to be held in Sydney on March 15 and 16. More information is here.