New Compact of States and Regions to help tackle climate change launched at UN Summit

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24 September 2014

NEW YORK: Global state and regional governments networks have announced today a new and pivotal compact that will provide, for the first time, a clear picture of global state and regional governments’ overall contribution to greenhouse gas emission reduction and will help tackle climate change.

The Compact of States and Regions is part of the new commitments announced at the UN Climate Summit 2014, convened in New York today by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to catalyze action towards a low carbon world. The Compact was signed by three of the most influential state and regional government coalitions, The Climate Group States & Regions Alliancenrg4SD, and R20, in partnership with, CDP. Together they committed to providing an annual account of the climate commitments made by state and regional governments around the world and report progress towards those commitments.

Several leading state and regional governments have already committed to ambitious emission reduction targets, in some cases promising as much as an 80% reduction by 2050. The Compact will work with these governments to capture the commitments in a single, standardized account, while encouraging additional governments to also set goals and measure progress.  

Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California and Chair of the R20, said: “Our members and partners are the real action heroes, implementing clean energy, energy efficiency, and waste reduction projects that produce local economic and environmental benefits, reducing greenhouse gases at the same time. We have shown that this approach creates more robust local economies, improves public health, and creates new green jobs. It is everyone's duty to act now and the Compact is a terrific contribution to these efforts, because it brings more states and regional leaders together to share experiences and success stories that can be repeated all over the world.”

Following the announcement, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said: “Climate change is not a one-person or a one-sector issue. It cannot be solved by one country or by one level of government, it requires everyone to work together. More initiatives like the Compact of States and Regions are needed.

“The contribution of subnational governments has already made a difference in helping to combat climate change and I welcome the example set by compact partners and governments, who are showing real leadership by publicly committing to reduce and report emissions now.”

Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec and North American Chair of The Climate Group States & Regions Alliance, a network of more than 50 sub-national governments, said: “Time and again, regional governments of some of the largest economies and population centers in the world have showcased innovative low carbon policies which generates important economic development opportunities and new green economy jobs driven by innovation and creativity.

“The States and Regions Compact will provide a much needed mechanism for regional governments of all over the world to report these achievements in one place and demonstrate their support for an ambitious global climate agreement.”

Nrg4SD, the sustainable development network which represents 49 regional governments across the world, believes this marks a crucial moment in time. Prasanna Ranatunga, Chief Minister of Western Province in Sri Lanka and Co-Chair of nrg4SD said: “Regional and sub-national governments are responsible for practical delivery and real life solutions, putting climate policies in place that impact directly on GHG emissions. With powers over areas such as energy, environment, transport, industry, land management and agriculture, we are well placed to show what can be achieved for a truly sustainable future." Nrg4sd is an accredited organization to UNFCC, UNCBD, UNEP and UNDESA under the LAMG.

Moving forward, the government networks will utilize reporting and data expertise, working with CDP and other reporting partners, to catalyze state and regional action on climate change. In 2015, CDP’s states and regions platform will allow for state and regional governments to report on their progress towards the Compact’s goals, highlighting subnational ambition on reducing emissions ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris.


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About The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit. Our goal is a prosperous, low carbon future. We believe this will be achieved through a ‘clean revolution’: the rapid scale-up of low carbon energy and technology. We work with corporate and government partners to develop climate finance mechanisms, business models which promote innovation, and supportive policy frameworks. We convene leaders, share hard evidence of successful low carbon growth, and pilot practical solutions which can be replicated worldwide.  

Founded in 2005, The Climate Group States & Regions Alliance is a network of 27 state & regional government members and 41 regional government affiliates. Together, members of the Alliance govern 313 million people, represent 11% of global GDP and approximately 2 Gigatons of GHG emissions.The Climate Group States & Regions governments represent some of the most significant economies and some of the largest population centers around the world. All are leaders on climate policy in their respective regions. A new report from The Climate Group States & Regions Allianceshows how state and regional governments around the world are moving forward to develop a new generation of innovative climate and energy policies that will shape the future climate policy landscape.

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About nrg4SD

The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, nrg4SD is a non-profit international organization representing subnational governments and associations of subnational governments at global level. Established in 2002 at the World Summit of Johannesburg, today nrg4SD totals some 50 subnational governments from 30 countries and 7 associations of subnational governments.

The Network promotes sustainable development at the level of subnational government around the Globe and acts as the voice and representative of subnational governments at global level in the field of sustainable development.

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About R20

The R20-Regions of Climate Action is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other global leaders in cooperation with the United Nations. The R20 is a coalition of partners led by regional governments that work to promote and implement projects that are designed to produce local economic and environmental benefits in the form of reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; strong local economies; improved public health; and new green jobs.

Through its large network of members and affiliate members (e.g. the Assembly of European Regions), the R20 connects over 500 subnational and local governments around the world.

The R20 is a member of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency to the UNFCCC.

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About CDP

CDP is a global not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 767 institutional investors with assets of US$92 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.

As a founding partner of the Compact of States and Regions, CDP brings over 10 years of environmental reporting expertise and is the lead organization on data and reporting. CDP’s states and regions platform will drive the data reporting for the Compact, allowing state and regional governments to benefit from reporting through CDP's established, global system. The process of reporting information to CDP, and the insights the data brings, incentivizes over 4,500 companies and 200 cities to measure, manage and reduce their impact on the environment and build greater resilience.

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