Pioneering platform to gather states and regions’ emissions data opens ahead of COP21 Paris

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10 March 2015

LONDON: The Compact of States and Regions reaches another milestone by opening the States & Regions online reporting platform by CDP. The important initiative aims to gather, for the first time ever, a global account of the greenhouse gas reduction targets set by state and regional governments – with a single and coherent measurement system.

Backed by the UN and implemented by The Climate Group States & Regions, CDP, R20 and nrg4SD, the initiative was announced last September during Climate Week NYC.

“States & Regions are already setting ambitious climate targets, often at a more ambitious level than their national counterparts,” underlines Libby Ferguson, States & Regions Director, The Climate Group. “The Compact of States and Regions helps us to better measure and understand the significant contribution by sub-national governments. Thus supporting all those involved in the global effort to tackle climate change as well as those involved in the global climate negotiations.

“We encourage all sub-national governments globally to join the Compact and report your climate action this year.”

A transparent set of data

The Climate Group and CDP's emissions reporting platform is specifically designed for state and regional governments. The online platform hosts questions relating to both the Compact of States and Regions and other related data. 

Each year, sub-national governments who are committed to tackle climate change will report their emissions and commitments to the portal, to get a clear understanding of their progress toward their targets. These figures will be public and transparent, which it is hoped will spark informed public discussion.

This week’s opening of the online reporting platform will allow state and regional governments to instantly submit their emissions reduction questionnaires and have a first assessment of the figures by July.

To date, the initiative has brought together prosperous and populous states and regions like California in the US, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario and Québec in Canada, Wales and Scotland in the UK, the Basque Country and Catalonia in Spain, Rhône-Alpes and La Réunion in France, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, Lombardy in Italy, South Australia and Tasmania in Australia, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, Jalisco in Mexico and Sao Paulo in Brazil.

“More initiatives like the Compact of States and Regions are needed,” commented Christiana Figures, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change, during the launch of the Compact. “The contribution of sub-national 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.”

The Compact’s next major outcome for this year will be the presentation of an inaugural assessment at COP 21 in December. Clearly comparing for the first time these extraordinary collective efforts, the forward-thinking sub-national regions will help spur heads of states and governments during COP21 to find a global, bold, binding climate agreement.

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