WRI, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) have partnered to create a GHG Protocol standard for cities: Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC).
by Wee Kean Fong, Michael Doust (C40) and Chang Deng-Beck (ICLEI) - December 2014
LIMA, PERU (December 8, 2014) – The longstanding divide in UN climate talks over fairness can be bridged by focusing on climate action that strengthens the capabilities of the least well-off and most vulnerable people, according to a new report released today by the World Resources Institute.
Climate change negotiations at COP 20 in Lima, Peru, have reached their mid-point and are moving into high gear. This week will be crucial as talks continue on a draft international climate agreement due to be concluded in Paris at the end of 2015.
As delegates gather at COP 20 in Lima, it’s a critical moment to think about how countries can build resilience to these impacts.
Negotiators are currently at work on creating an international climate agreement by COP 21 in Paris in 2015—they have an opportunity to craft one that accelerates action on adaptation and makes life better for vulnerable people around the world.
This document offers the ACT 2015 consortium’s ideas on how the 2015 Paris international climate agreement can play the most effective and transformational role in shifting the world to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy as quickly and fairly as...
WRI coordinated a global partnership of economic and climate research institutes to write a landmark report on the New Climate Economy. The report presented a compelling, fact-based narrative about how economic growth and climate action can—and must—be achieved together.
For as long as climate action has been a global concern, governments and businesses have assumed that curbing greenhouse gas emissions would come with prohibitive economic costs. Shifting this misperception is critical to helping countries take action on climate change.
WRI coordinated a global partnership of economic and climate research institutes to write a landmark report on the New Climate Economy, focusing on how economic growth and climate action can be achieved together. As managing partner, WRI assembled the research team, recruited a global commission, and secured the support and funding of seven commissioning countries.WRI was asked to lead the effort based on its reputation for rigorous, unbiased analysis and ability to convene high-level dialogues.
Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón and Lord Nicholas Stern guided the project through a global commission of 24 former presidents and prime ministers, finance ministers, current mayors, CEOs and heads of major economic institutions. The team crafted a thoroughly researched global report and 10-point Action Plan, which the commissioners unanimously endorsed.
WRI’s Communications team worked with a global network to drive an international launch of the report in September 2014, garnering more than 1,600 media stories in the first days, including commentaries by some of the world’s most influential economic and financial opinion-makers. Within days, commissioners launched the report in New York, Oslo, Addis Ababa, Beijing and Johannesburg. Released just before the UN Climate Summit, the message became central to the narrative delivered by heads of state, negotiators and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The report presented a compelling, fact-based narrative about how economic growth and climate action can—and must—be achieved together, delivered by trusted thought leaders on a global scale. Changing the discourse around climate action during the UN Climate Summit and reaching billions of people through the media have already changed thinking. The report’s long-term impact will be evident as heads of government, ministers of finance and CEOs use the recommendations to shape their policy decisions. Engagement with key countries and sectors is planned for the coming year.
The Green Climate Fund, launched in 2014, offers an ambitious platform for contributions and investments in climate mitigation and adaptation in the developing world. WRI helped shape the Fund's structure, ensuring that ambition and rigor were built in so the Fund can deliver value and secure and distribute money to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Helping the world’s developing countries cope with a changing climate is a key challenge of the 21st century. To meet this challenge, it is essential to find the most effective way to raise funds and invest in projects that curb emissions and build resilience to the climate impacts that are already unavoidable. But the question of how to get the money to a wide range of countries most effectively has not been fully addressed, even as the need becomes more urgent.
The Green Climate Fund, shepherded by WRI from its inception in 2011 through its launch in 2014, offers an ambitious platform for contributions and investments in climate mitigation and adaptation in the developing world. Unlike previous major multilateral climate funds, the Green Climate Fund has a broad base of contributors among both developed and developing countries. Its 24 board members are balanced between developed and developing countries, and its administration is lean. The Fund is designed to work through partners, including national institutions like national development banks and international institutions like the World Bank. Private sector involvement is central to the Fund, which has the flexibility to use innovative financial instruments to encourage private companies to help tackle climate change, and to stretch the Fund’s resources.
WRI’s engagement helped get the Fund up and running in May 2014, ready for funding pledges well before the Lima climate negotiations in December. WRI helped ensure that ambition and rigor were built in, so the Fund can deliver value for money to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
As pledges of support flow in, the Fund’s investment framework lets it set priorities about how money can be invested for maximum impact. The Fund’s structure, shaped by WRI, enables it to extend its reach through a wide array of partners, balanced between national and international institutions, while ensuring that all partners meet high fiduciary, environmental and social standards as they move forward.