Launched in 2018, the GCoM Common Reporting Framework (CRF) is a standardized set of reporting requirements that apply across all GCOM regional covenants, while allowing for regional flexibility to respond to local circumstances and priorities but also sufficient consistency for global aggregation and comparison of reported data. 

Developed by multi-disciplinary experts including GCoM partners and in consultation with stakeholders, cities and local governments around the world, the CRF is the first framework of its kind that allows for cities of all shapes and sizes to use a single harmonised approach to sharing information on climate action. The CRF is the reference document for GCoM signatories throughout all phases of engagement with the initiative. It ensures robust assessment, target setting, integrated climate action planning and monitoring, as well as streamlined reporting across all three pillars of the initiative. 

There are multiple resources available to help explain the requirements of the CRF for the mitigation and adaptation pillars:  

  • Full CRF text –  containing all the requirements, serving as a reference framework in all Regions
  • CRF guidance note – providing a more practical interpretation on the use of the CRF. It offers examples and references to help understand and correctly interpret all the requirements and recommendations laid out by the CRF

Variations to the CRF are considered on a case-by-case basis based on requests from Regional Covenants that have identified a strong case for adaptations to the requirements of the CRF. To learn if an adapted version of the CRF exists for your region/country, or if you have suggestions for a potential CRF adaptation, please consult your helpdesk.

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