How governments in the Americas are leading on climate through the Compact of States and Regions: Special edition infographic

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8 July 2015

TORONTO: Climate leaders from across the Americas are meeting in Ontario from July 7-9 for the Climate Summit of the Americas. To mark the event we have released a special edition of our Compact of States & Regions infographic which displays data only from pan-American governments. 

Speakers at the Climate Summit of the Americas include Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard, former US vice-president and Nobel laureate Al GoreCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown, and former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón.

The summit builds on Ontario's increasing climate action such as their cap and trade program and 2030 mid-term target for greenhouse gas pollution reduction, and a raft of similarly ambitious announcements are expected to come from speakers during the event.

Last week we were also part of the World Summit Climate and Territories in Lyon, France, where we announced the first round of results from the Compact of States and Regions, the only global platform to record emissions reduction targets and inventory data from sub-national governments. All together 20 governments, representing over 220 million people and US$8.3 trillion GDP, have committed to a series of ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions through the Compact.

These reporting governments currently represent about 1.81 GtCO2e, or 5% of all global emissions, and with many more due to report over the summer, the potential emission savings through the Compact are set to be one of the most significant commitments presented ahead of COP21.

Below we have looked specifically at the climate data reported to the Compact from state and regional governments in North and South America. See the full infographic here.

Please share this graphic on social media using hashtag #StatesandRegions. We will be sharing sections of the infographic on Twitter this week. Follow us @ClimateGroup and #StatesandRegions.

Learn more about the Compact of States and Regions and see the full infographic here.

The Climate Group States & Regions program brings together sub-national government leaders from around the world in a powerful, high-profile network that shares expertise, demonstrates impact and influences the international climate dialogue.

We are taking part in two critical events, The World Summit Climate & Territories in Lyon, France on July 1-2 and the Climate Summit of the Americas in Ontario, Canada from  July 7 – 9, 2015. Bothare for sub-national governments to get full recognition and show their commitment for climate action ahead of this year’s COP 21 Paris meetings.

Follow the events and related Twitter Q&As live using hashtag #StatesandRegions


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