The Azimuth Project
The World Mayors Council on Climate Change

The World Mayors Council on Climate Change is an alliance of committed local government leaders advocating an enhanced recognition and involvement of Mayors in multilateral efforts addressing climate change and related issues of global sustainability.

The WMCCC was initiated in 2010 in collaboration with Local governments for sustainability (ICLEI), united cities and local governments (UCLG) and the Club of Madrid.

More than half the world’s population lives in urban conglomerations, accounting for 70% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

UN-HABITAT projects that by 2030, about 60% of the population will be urbanised, mostly in developing countries.

The Mexico city pact (2010)

10-point action plan

  1. Reduce their GHG emissions
  2. Adopt and implement local climate mitigation measures designed to achieve their voluntary reduction target
  3. Develop local adaptation strategies to address the local impact of climate change
  4. Register their emission inventories, committments, climate mitigation and adaptation measures and actions in a measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV) manner through carbonnCitiesClimateRegistry
  5. Seek the creation of mechanisms that allow direct access to international funding for local climate actions
  6. Establish the Mexico city pact secretariat
  7. Promote the involvement of civil society in the fight against climate change
  8. Advocate and seek partnerships with multilateral institutions and national governments on our local climate actions
  9. Promote city-to-city cooperation
  10. Spread the message of the Mexico city pact.

As of November 2011, more than 200 cities and local authorities, representing over 250 million inhabitants worldwide, have signed the Mexico city pact.

carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR)

“Local climate action the world can count on”.

cCCR Annual report (2011)

51 cities with 83 million people are members. Only 40 cities (with 90 inventories) have reported their GHG emission (emitting 447 MtCO2e per year (1)).

(1) MtCO2e : GHGs are described in terms of equivalent megatonnes of CO2.

This is a larger amount that 167 countries that are members of the UNFCCC.

It is comparable to 14% (of) the reported aggregate GHG emission reported by the first 270 business corporations out of a total of 322 listed in ascending order by amount of aggregated GHG emissions in the Carbon disclosure project global 500 (2011).

75% of community GHG commitments aim for reductions of more than 1.0% per year.

carbonn - Bonn center for local climate action and reporting

The cCCR runs an online city GHG emissions reporting system. Where is it? TBD.

The concept of decreasing carbon intensity is also introduced as an option to define a commitment, but as of 2011 no cCCR reporting city has indicated such a commitment.

Local climate action measurement

Measurable, reportable and verifiable action.

Covenant of mayors in Europe

Local government climate roadmap

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