Climate Footprint Project: Phase I

Supporting state and regional governments to improve their greenhouse gas emissions tracking and reduction efforts.

Four country graphics with the following text: The Climate Footprint Project worked in Brazil, Mexico, India and South Africa to improve regional emissions tracking.

Participating states and regions

Phase I of the project ran from October 2018 to June 2021, and provided the following states and regions with direct support and training:

  • Baja California (Mexico)
  • Chhattisgarh (India)
  • Jalisco (Mexico)
  • KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
  • Pernambuco (Brazil)
  • West Bengal (India)
  • Yucatán (Mexico)

We also provided technical support to:

  • Amazonas (Brazil)
  • Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil)
  • São Paulo (Brazil) 
  • Western Cape (South Africa)

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How to compile a GHG inventory: toolbox for states and regions

Working with a team of experts from Ricardo Energy & Environment, the Climate Footprint Project created a toolbox for state and regional governments to support with their emissions tracking and monitoring.

The toolbox offers governments a variety of resources that explain how to compile a GHG inventory – tailored to their specific jurisdiction. It includes ‘how to’ videos and a set of templates to document the GHG inventory compilation process.

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Peer forums

A series of ten ‘Tracking to Action’ peer forums were delivered as part of the project. Led by the participating states and regions, with partner expertise, the forums covered the process for setting up greenhouse gas inventories and the steps to improve emissions reduction efforts.

Their purpose was to inspire states and regions to act - by offering fit for purpose approaches that governments could use to track and mitigate emissions.

The peer forums allowed participants to share, discuss and reflect on their progress. Providing this space for engagement and knowledge sharing supported governments in understanding emission sources. And therefore, better equipping them with tools to design the best possible emission reduction strategies.

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E-learning course

Tracking emissions is vital for implementing effective climate action. The E-learning course, delivered as part of this project, was designed to support participating governments with the development of their GHG emissions tracking capacity.

This interactive course, created in partnership with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI), provided a quick, but thorough, introduction of the topic.

Download the e-learning course overview in English, Español & Português. 

Project partners

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

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. 

Climate Group

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

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

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.