New standard aims to help cities develop climate action plans, attract financing

Tue, 2015-01-13 12:00 -- Liz Enbysk

There's new help for cities trying to figure out how they will meet aggressive climate change mandates much less pay for them.

The first widely endorsed standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was launched last month during a gathering of mayors and city officials  in Lima, Peru. The new Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) was jointly developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and over 200 stakeholders.

Providing a framework for cities
The GPC provides a framework designed to help cities:

    • Establish emissions accounting and reporting practice
    • Develop climate action plans and track progress over time
    • Integrate data reporting across various levels of government
    • Get easier access to climate financing

GPC is also the mechanism cities and local governments can use to report on their climate commitments and GHG inventories under the Compact of Mayors, the agreement to reduce GHG emissions that came out of the Sept. 23, 2014 Climate Summit in New York.

Free ANSI webinar will focus on GPC
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the American National Standards Institute (a Council Advisor) and the Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities will host a free informational webinar on the GPC. Featured speaker during the webinar is Alex Kovac, a research assistant with WRI’s Climate Program and its Tools, Reporting, and Analysis for Climate (TRAC) City Initiative, which identifies climate mitigation opportunities and promotes low carbon development. In addition to supporting drafting and coordination for the GPC, Kovac contributes to the development of standards, methodologies, and guidance for preparing accurate and actionable city-level greenhouse gas inventories.

The webinar begins at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday; register here.

Click this link to learn more about the GPC and download a full version.