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ICLEI´s Low Carbon City Agenda
Low-carbon, low-emission or even carbon-neutral cities, will be the signposts to sustainability. Cities  account for 70-80% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Therefore, an effective global climate regime must lay a focus on urban greenhouse gas reduction. Cities and local governments, however, must not wait for an international agreement to be reached but should act ambitiously and rapidly.

Since 1993 ICLEI has worked with hundreds of local governments on climate action planning in the framework of Cities for Climate Protection (CCP). These members should continue implementing climate actions. Ultimately, all Member local governments should engage in the new GreenClimateCities framework and integrate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions into their planning and investment structures.

ICLEI through its Cities Climate Center, regional secretariats and country offices promotes the Global Cities Covenant on Climate (Mexico City Pact) as a mechanism to promote of cities´ political commitment to climate action.

ICLEI´s Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn®) operates the carbonn Cities Climate Registry , which allows cities to ensure accountability by publicly reporting their commitments, actions and emissions. The GreenClimateCities program guides cities through a process of analysis, target-setting, programming, identifying finance,implementation, monitoring and reporting. Cities can use the HEAT+ online tool to account their greenhouse gas emissions.

ICLEI actively advocates local climate action, local governments as partners in global climate governance, bottom-up finance mechanisms and local government access to climate finance at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

  • Promote the Global Cities Covenant on Climate (Mexico City Pact) as a campaign to firm up
  • Engage 80 percent of the global membership in the GreenClimateCities program (program brand may vary by region) or in an integrated mitigation/adaptation program
  • Lead the implementation and improvement of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions as an advancement of the International Local Government GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol (IEAP)
  • Market the HEAT+ greenhouse gas accounting software to local governments through ICLEI offices
  • Build the carbonn Cities Climate Registry as the definitive mechanism through which cities register and report their climate commitments, actions and performance to the global public
  • Further develop and operate the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting - carbonn, based on a viable partnership and business model
  • Continue Local Government climate advocacy
  • Continue supporting and acting as Secretariat of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, transform it to take on a thematically wider mandate