The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) is the world’s largest alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, climate resilient future. This coalition gathers thousands of cities of all sizes across 6 continents and more than 120 countries, representing more than 10% of the world’s population. Local governments committed to GCoM pledge to implement policies and undertake measures to: (i) reduce / limit greenhouse gas emissions, (ii) prepare for the impacts of climate change, (iii) increase access to sustainable energy, and (iv) track progress toward these objectives.
In order to ensure robust climate action planning, implementation and monitoring phases, as well as streamline measurement and reporting procedures, a set of new global recommendations have been developed in consultation with our partners and cities and local governments around the world, with the intention of providing flexiblity to meet specific local or regional circumstances. Together, GCoM and its partners in the various regions and nations will now be able to report data in a agreed fashion and showcase achievements while tracking progress transparently – and thus advocate for better multilevel governance of climate and energy issues and for improved technical and financial support. A common reporting language of the Global Covenant of Mayors will unite local voices and raise the bar, also for other climate stakeholders.
The GCoM completed a public consultation period, starting on April 30th and ending on June 15th, and the document below represents the final version of the framework based on this feedback and input from our stakeholders.