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A new C40 toolkit is now available to help cities improve the quality of community wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission accounting and reporting. It aims to guide practitioners through the process of assessing whether their emission inventories have followed the requirements and principles of the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), a best practice standard used by cities across the globe to measure and report GHG emissions in a comprehensive and consistent manner.
Scenario planning and modelling tools, which help cities explore the future in different ways are a powerful way of supporting the decisions we make about our cities. Building a better understanding of how cities could change in the future, and being able to quickly and easily explore the impact of different policy and technology choices is essential if cities are to play a leading role in helping to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
Mayors Voices: Durban Mayor Zandile Gumede leads from the front on measuring emission impacts from energy efficiency initiatives
To fully understand how cities contribute to overall emission reductions, I believe that cities need to measure and report emission reductions from their climate change mitigation projects. Measurement and reporting help us understand potential cost savings from our projects, inform our decision-making processes and help us to identify risks and opportunities of projects. As the old adage goes, ‘You cannot manage what you cannot measure.’
C40, World Resources Institute (WRI) and China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) recently hosted a workshop in Wuhan, where 11 Chinese cities gathered to strategize and share best practices for developing greenhouse gas emission inventories and the roadmap to peak emissions. The workshop attracted over 50 senior officials and technical experts from nine C40 member cities.
C40 recently partnered with the Addis Ababa Road and Transport Bureau to deliver a two-day workshop to measure the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction benefits for Addis Ababa’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. A total of 18 representatives from the Addis Ababa Road and Transport Bureau, Transport Authority, Institute of Technology and the Environmental Protection Authority learned how to use available data and make assumptions to demonstrate the impact of BRT’s forecasted operations, construction and manufacturing on emissions.
My city, Accra, is one of the cities in Africa that is impacted by climate change. We are continuously experiencing both floods and droughts, and this has sometimes resulted in the loss of life. That’s why we have made a strong commitment to addressing climate change in our city. I joined forces with global mayors and signed up to the Compact of Mayors (now the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy) because I believe that cities like Accra have an important role to play in achieving the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) that Ghana has pledged to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).