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Compact of States and Regions

Compact of States and Regions

The Compact of States and Regions is the first dedicated global reporting mechanism for states, provinces and regions to showcase and analyze their climate efforts. Through an annual assessment, it provides a transparent, global picture of actions to tackle climate change – allowing state and regional governments to measure their emissions and set ambitious reduction goals.

At COP21, the Compact of States and Regions was hailed as one of the most impactful collective initiatives as it allowed, for the first time, to accurately reflect the level of ambition shown by states, provinces and regions around the world. In less than one year, the Compact of States and Regions has become the global go-to platform for states, provinces and regions to measure and manage their GHG emissions, already collecting climate data from 44 governments representing one eighth of the global economy.

As a critical part of the post-Paris agenda of action by Non-State Actors, The Climate Group invites all states, provinces and regions around the world to report to the Compact of States and Regions between April 4 and July 2016. Governments are welcome to signal their intent to start reporting in 2016. The first Compact of States and Regions disclosure report was released at the 21st Conference of Parties to the UNFCCCC (COP21) in Paris, December 2015. See our infographic to explore the 2015 data.

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Image: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon being presented with an advance copy of the Compact of States and Regions Disclosure Report by Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia, at COP21 in Paris.

The report showed that, while limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius is a global challenge requiring global governance, state and regional governments are racing ahead in setting ambitious GHG reduction goals – with potentially huge impacts.

Governments reporting to the Compact of States and Regions currently represented 2.81GtCO2e in annual emissions. The targets disclosed in 2015 will result in:  

Annual savings of:

  • 0.6 GtCO2e/ year in 2020
  • 1.2 GtCO2e/ year in 2030
  • 2.2 GtCO2e/ year in 2050

Cumulative savings of:

  • 3 GtCO2e by 2020
  • 12.4 GtCO2e by 2030
  • 47.4 GtCO2e by 2050

By 2050 Compact governments from both developed and developing nations will have reduced their collective emissions by almost 55% in absolute terms. The report also revealed both near and long term goals, with almost half of reporting governments having already set 2050 goals. A majority of these aim for reductions of more than 70% below base-year emissions.

The Compact commitments are also included in the Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) platform, the online tool developed by the United Nations with the governments of France and Peru for COP21. Through NAZCA, businesses, cities, regions and investors have already showcased over 10,000 climate initiatives.

By reporting to the Compact of States and Regions, governments are leading the way to a more transparent and collaborative approach to climate action. Together, we can ensure a prosperous, resilient, low carbon future for all.

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This data is evidence of what we have long understood — that sub-national governments have an important role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, combatting climate change and supporting the transition to a low carbon economy. Kathleen Wynn, Premier of Ontario

How it works

[See our infographic to explore how it works]

Using aggregated data, the Compact showcases overall GHG reduction contributions made by sub-national governments around the world. Then each year, disclosure and assessment of progress toward those commitments will take place through GHG inventory data.

Importantly, the Compact will support the new Paris Agreement and global climate governance by providing a clear and accurate picture of sub-national government contributions through reliable and publically available data. The Compact partners’ believe all state and regional governments – considering their different capabilities and circumstances – should measure GHG emissions and set ambitious reduction goals, because these are the pillars of a robust climate strategy.

By acting locally, the Compact proves that state and regional governments are global climate leaders. And this action is increasingly being recognized, particularly following the launch of the UNFCCC NAZCA platform (Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action) at COP20 in Lima – which the Compact will supply data to.   

To find out more or start reporting please contact Jean-Charles Seghers, Compact of States and Regions Manager, The Climate Group.

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State, provincial and regional governments can join or observe the Compact by publicly reporting on an annual basis.

To join the Compact, governments are required to report:

  1. A public commitment* to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
  2. Region-wide greenhouse gas inventory data.
  3. To become an observer to the Compact, governments are required to report:
  4. A public commitment to adopt a greenhouse gas emissions target within a two year period; and
  5. Region-wide greenhouse gas inventory data within a two-year period, while reporting existing data until that time.

* Includes targets that have already been adopted. This commitment includes the following target types: base year emissions goals, fixed-level goals, base year intensity goals, and baseline scenario goals. More information on these types of targets can be found in Chapter 2 of the GHG Protocol Mitigation Goal Standard report that provides guidance for designing national and sub-national mitigation goals, and a standardized approach for assessing and reporting progress toward goal achievement.

Governments without existing GHG reduction targets and inventories can “observe” the Compact by stating their intent to develop a GHG target and inventory within two years. They are also encouraged to submit existing data to a recognized reporting platform on an annual basis, to build the capacity needed to eventually develop an inventory. Disclosure and assessment of progress will take place each year through an annual disclosure report.

How to get started

  1. Assess whether your government meets the Compact criteria (as outlined above)
  2. Indicate intent to join or observe the Compact of States and Regions. Email Jean-Charles Seghers, Compact of States and Regions Manager at The Climate Group to participate in the 2016 reporting cycle. JSeghers@theclimategroup.org
  3. Upon receiving the reporting guidance and login details, complete and submit your climate data prior to the June 15, 2016 deadline. Technical support and guidance will be provided throughout the reporting process.
  4. Feature in the annual Disclosure Report.

governments, irrespective of their current or future association with the Compact partners.

To find out more or start reporting please contact Jean-Charles Seghers, Compact of States and Regions Manager, The Climate Group.


Infographic

[See our infographic to explore how the Compact works and the first round of data]

[Special edition Climate Summit of the Americas infographic]

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To find out more, please contact Jean-Charles Seghers, Compact of States and Regions Manager, The Climate Group.

Benefits

Forward-thinking governments recognize that measurement, management and reporting of GHG emissions and climate change data is of growing importance. This is because measurement and reporting helps governments to better understand the risks and opportunities of climate change and increase the impact of climate actions, both within and beyond state borders.

By reporting to the Compact of States and Regions, governments:

  • Feature in the annual Compact of States and Regions disclosure report
  • Showcase climate ambition on the UNFCCC NAZCA platform.
  • Ensure their climate commitments are backed by reliable, publicly available data
  • Demonstrate to companies, investors, other governments and the international community that they’re leading on climate change
  • Identify risks and cost saving opportunities through the process of reporting
  • Optimize management of environmental information by gathering it in one location
  • Benchmark climate actions with those of similar governments that have reported to the Compact

 “We recognize that the challenge of climate change is also an opportunity for our state, and we want to ensure a prosperous, sustainable economy and future for our citizens. That is why we have reported our targets to the Compact of States and Regions; a platform that can now allow us to accurately and publicly report climate data against our own commitments.” Jay Weatherill, Premier, South Australia

To find out more or start reporting please contact Jean-Charles Seghers, Compact of States and Regions Manager, The Climate Group.

Under 2 MOU

The Sub-national Global Climate Leadership Memorandum of Understanding or ‘Under 2 MOU’, originated from a partnership between the governments of California and Baden-Württemberg, both members of the States & Regions Alliance.

Central to the agreement is that all signatories agree to reduce their GHG emissions 80-95% below 1990 levels, or limit to 2 metric tons CO2-equivalent per capita by 2050.

Reporting the Compact of States and Regions is complementary to support for the Under 2 MOU as it provides a mechanism to measure and report progress against short and long-term emissions reduction commitments. The data from the Compact of States and Regions will facilitate peer learning amongst the signatories of the Under 2 MOU in order to advance emissions management and climate governance on the basis of sound data. To date, 28 regional signatories of the Under 2 MOU have already reported to the Compact of States and Regions.

Announced at COP21, The Climate Group will serve as the Under 2 MOU’s secretariat. 

So far, 127 jurisdictions representing 27 countries and six continents have signed or endorsed the Under 2 MOU.

To find out more or start reporting please contact Jean-Charles Seghers, Compact of States and Regions Manager, The Climate Group.

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