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  • 13 Apr 2021

    Climate Chance Report 2021: What progress has been made in terms of local climate action?


    On April 6th, the Climate Chance Observatory published the 2021 edition of the Global Synthesis Report on local climate action, available in both English and French.

    The Local Action Report provides a unique overview of the action taken by cities and regions around the world to reduce their emissions.

    It develops several case studies, innovative experiments of cities and regions that have made considerable advancements in terms of GHG reductions will be developed throughout the Local action Report : Mexico, Manchester, Melbourne, Dakar, San Carlos de Bariloche, Palembang, Slavutych, Turin, Ontario, Bahia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Occitanie, Ecosse, Bogota, Strasbourg.

    This new Report follows and deciphers progress on locally-led climate action and takes stock of climate action in cities and regions around the world, a few months before COP26.

    In the months leading up to COP26, what progress has been made in terms of local climate action?

    The main topics analysed in this 3rd Edition of the Local Action Report 2021

    1. Through the international cooperation initiatives of cities and regions, local authorities continue to lead the way in reducing emissions.

    Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, Under2 Coalition, RegionsAdapt... As it does every year, the Observatory analyzes the progress of the main international initiatives of cooperation between cities and regions in the fight against climate change. [...]

    2. On the road to carbon neutrality, regions are taking the necessary steps towards the transition despite the health crisis.

    Cities’ and regions’ commitments to carbon neutrality are multiplying: but are they up to the task of limiting emissions to 1.5°C? The Climate Chance Observatory examines carbon neutrality strategies accompanied by concrete policies to implement them at local level. [...]

    3. The progressive integration of local climate policies in NDCs: persisting variations across regions and a lack of implementation

    The need for cooperation between the different levels of governance, and in particular taking into account the potential for action by cities, now seems to be widely recognized as a necessary effort to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to make its implementation credible. [...]

    4. Local governments driving the growing alignment of climate action with Sustainable Development Goals

    Adopted in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an essential corollary to policies to reduce GHG emissions. Indeed, as the Yellow Vest movement in France has shown, the adoption of climate policy instruments designed outside of local development contexts can come up against social resistance. [...]

    >> Read executive summaries and full reports at https://www.climate-chance.org/en/comprehend/