Climate Footprint Project

Tracking emissions, raising ambition

The Climate Footprint Project supports state and regional governments to improve their greenhouse gas emissions tracking and reduction efforts.

Regional greenhouse gas inventories provide the level of detail needed to allow local policymakers to understand their emission sources and trends to enhance the design of their emissions reduction strategies.

In order to support the development of regional greenhouse gas inventories, The Climate Group, as Secretariat of the Under2 Coalition, is leading a consortium of partners to provide direct support and training to Pernambuco (Brazil), Chhattisgarh and West Bengal (India), Baja California, Jalisco and Yucatán (Mexico), and KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). 

During the second phase of the project, project conclusions will be shared with the rest of the Under2 Coalition to inspire improved emissions management across other state and regional governments. 

1) Providing a tailored package of technical assistance and training

Following consultation with regional stakeholders, the project will provide Pernambuco, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Baja California, Jalisco, Yucatán and KwaZulu-Natal with tailored technical assistance and training to enhance their Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) capacity and knowledge, identifying further opportunities for tracking and cutting emissions.

2) Aligning regional MRV systems with national and local efforts to promote integrated climate action

Dialogues between national, state and regional, and local governments will be organized to help align climate action across all levels of government in Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa. Guidance documents on aligning regional MRV systems with their national and local counterparts will be developed.  

3) Knowledge sharing and replication of best practice internationally across the Under2 Coalition

Promoting peer learning through a series of knowledge products, webinars, online peer forums, and an e-learning course, consortium partners will disseminate lessons learned from this project to other states and regions in the Under2 Coalition.

The Climate Group’s mission is to accelerate climate action to achieve a world of no more than 1.5°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all. The Climate Group acts as the Secretariat for the Under2 Coalition of ambitious state and regional governments committed to keeping the global temperature rise to well below 2°C.  The Climate Group is responsible for leading the delivery of this project, and sharing lessons learned to members of the Under2 Coalition and other state and regional governments. 

Ricardo is a global strategic and environmental consultancy with over 30 years of experience in GHG inventory compilation and MRV systems, and has helped over 15 countries prepare their first NDCs, supporting three of them with implementation. Ricardo will lead the delivery of MRV support and will provide tailored capacity building and technical assistance on MRV of GHG inventories and of mitigations actions in the regions.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future. ICLEI will provide guidance to the four target countries, exploring approaches to support vertically integrated climate action through dialogues and capacity building on multi-level governance and reporting. 

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies, cities, states and regions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Target regions will be encouraged to disclose their annual emissions data through the course of the project, allowing them to measure and manage progress and ensure continued improvements beyond the project.  

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to training tomorrow’s experts on the principles, concepts and techniques to manage and credibly account for GHG emissions. GHGMI will develop an e-learning course for state and regional officials that enables them to independently design, implement and evaluate relevant GHG MRV systems that inform local policy decisions. 

Interested in greenhouse gas measuring and tracking?

The Climate Footprint Project is launching a new online Tracking to Action peer forum series, starting in May 2020 and running until November 2020. 

Led by our seven project states and regions in Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa, alongside partner expertize, the peer forums will cover the ins and outs of setting up greenhouse gas inventories and improving emissions reduction efforts. 

The purpose of the Tracking to Action Series is to inspire states and regions to take action and use fit-for-purpose approaches in order to track and mitigate emissions.

Facilitated in an engaging format, the peer forums will allow for sharing, discussion and reflection among participants as we work to support policymakers in understanding emissions sources and enhancing the design of reduction strategies.

For more information on the Tracking to Action Series, please contact:

Natalie Orentlicher, Knowledge and Learning Manager, The Climate Group,


To watch recordings of the peer forums, please visit our YouTube channel.


We are pleased to announce that the Climate Group will be offering a new e-learning course, brought to you by the Climate Footprint Project, an initiative of the Under2 Coalition, in partnership with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI).

Tracking emissions is a key foundation to implementing effective climate action. State and regional governments must be equipped to understand the process of emissions tracking in order to prioritise their climate actions and enhance the design of their emissions reduction strategies.

The objective of this course is to support governments of the Under2 Coalition in developing and mainstreaming their GHG emissions tracking capacity. This interactive course will provide a quick, but thorough, introduction to the topic.

Please see the briefs below for more information.

Climate Footprint Project

For more information, please contact:
Jebi Rahman, Team Lead, The Climate Footprint Project, The Climate Group
+44 (0)207 960 2719

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. 

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