CLIMATE ACTION PLANNING

 

Cities are playing a vital role in the global response to climate change by curbing their greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of a changing climate. Local governments are central to these efforts. Climate action plans are comprehensive roadmaps translating cities’ efforts into specific activities in order to achieve sustainable and low greenhouse gas emissions development. This includes climate adaptation actions and ensuring access to clean, secure and affordable energy.

Climate Action Planning

Cities are playing a vital role in the global response to climate change by curbing their greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of a changing climate. Local governments are central to these efforts. Climate action plans are comprehensive roadmaps translating cities’ efforts into specific activities in order to achieve sustainable and low greenhouse gas emissions development. This includes climate adaptation actions and ensuring access to clean, secure and affordable energy.

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Municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator

This tool can be used to provide a quick overview of energy consumption and emissions by fuel, and electricity consumption and emissions by sector within a municipal area. It also provides a summary of the potential impact of major electricity efficiency interventions. (SEA, 2014)

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Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This Protocol provides requirements and guidance for cities on preparing and publicly reporting a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory. The primary goal is to provide a standardized step-by-step approach to help cities quantify their GHG emissions in order to manage and reduce their GHG impacts. The Protocol is in a pilot phase, with the release of the final version expected in 2014. It replaces the International Local Government GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol and the International Standard for Determining GHG Emissions for Cities. (C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, 2014)

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Infographic on Cape Town CBD Waste Collection

Data for a sustainable central Cape Town city area focus on waste and government buildings as part of the low carbon strategy for Cape Town CBD. (Sustainable Energy Africa and Cape Town Partnership, 2014)

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