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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change joins as co-sponsor for the Innovate4Cities climate change conference

The co-hosts of the upcoming international Innovate4Cities (I4C) Conference, UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), are delighted to announce the co-sponsorship of the event by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The global virtual I4C Conference covering Science and Innovation partnerships driving inclusive, resilient, and climate-neutral cities, runs … read more

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Join Cities Race to Zero & Cities Race to Resilience!

Cities Race to Zero The Race to Zero is a global campaign run by the COP26 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon transition that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. The objective is to … read more
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The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy at COP26

Please note that the time shown is in GMT (Glasgow time)  November 1 – World Leaders Summit 11:20 GMT UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub Pavilion COP 26 Session 1 (Opening) Hybrid event at the UNFCCC Hub Pavilion; Livestreamed here. November 3 – Finance 12:30 – 13:00 GMT Beat the Heat: Cool Cities for a … read more

Understanding Data and Tools to Accelerate City Climate Action: A Decision-Making and Tools Project White Paper

Data and tools play a key role in supporting and accelerating climate action at the local level, where city leaders face complex interdisciplinary decisions, multiple priorities, and engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders. At the same time, the landscape of climate action support tools can be difficult to navigate- especially for cities with capacity … read more

Join Cities Race to Zero & Cities Race to Resilience!

Cities Race to Zero The Race to Zero is a global campaign run by the COP26 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon transition that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. The objective is to … read more

Research

The Multilevel Climate Action Playbook for Local and Regional Governments

Critical to achieving the credible, just, and ambitious commitments required to avoid a climate catastrophe is effective multilevel governance and coordination: collaboration, communication, and engagement among all levels of government in a process led by Parties. The Multilevel Climate Action Playbook for Local and Regional Governments recommends key elements of an enabling environment that can … read more

Beating the Heat: A Sustainable Cooling Handbook for Cities

Beating the Heat: A Sustainable Cooling Handbook for Cities will be launched on November 3rd 2021 at COP26 by the Cool Coalition, UNEP, RMI, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), Mission Innovation and Clean Cooling Collaborative. The new guide offers planners an encyclopaedia of proven options to help cool cities. The guide’s 80 supporting case studies and examples demonstrate … read more

ZERO CARBON CITIES BY 2050: Mitigation potential by sector and level of government in six key countries

This short report summarises the results of a detailed study undertaken by the Stockholm Environment Institute for the Coalition for Urban Transitions, in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. It provides an understanding of urban GHG abatement potential and the powers to deliver this by different tiers of government for … read more

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New Summary for Urban Policymakers Initiative Announced

Climate change science that is shaping urban policy, and the future of our cities Glasgow, United Kingdom (November 11, 2021): Today, several of the world’s leading climate change scientists came together with city and business leaders, global NGOs and national governments to announce a new initiative, the Summary for Urban Policymakers (SUP) that will present … read more

‘Further and Faster Together,’ The Global Covenant of Mayors Shows How Ambitious City Climate Action Accelerates and Supports Efforts of National Governments

Cities and local governments are quickly achieving ambitious climate goals and acting increasingly as a driving force for emissions reductions progress for national governments  Continued local action at the necessary scope and scale depends on coordination and integration with national and regional governments  GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (09 November 2021): Today, at the 26th Conference of the … read more

GLOBAL COVENANT OF MAYORS, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, JOINT PROGRAMMING INITIATIVE URBAN EUROPE AND PARTNERS LAUNCH URBAN TRANSITIONS MISSION TO ADVANCE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS’ ADOPTION OF AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS

The Mission Innovation ‘Urban Transitions’ mission will provide roadmaps for urban environments to deliver clean energy innovation GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (09 November 2021): Today, at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), the European Commission, Joint Programming … read more

GCoM in the news

Racing Toward a Climate Neutral Europe

FAQ on Race to Zero, Race to Resilience, and new Covenant Europe commitments Cities Race to Zero and Covenant of Mayors - Europe: A Quick Guide for European Cities Interview with Giorgia Rambelli, ICLEI Europe Coordinator, Climate Policy and Energy Governance

Cities May Be Our Greatest Hope in the Face of Climate Change and the Pandemic

BY ANNE HIDALGO AND WILLIAM PEDUTO Anne Hidalgo is the mayor of Paris, France and a board member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, the world’s largest global alliance for city climate leadership. William Peduto is the mayor of Pittsburgh, Penn., and a board member of the Global Covenant of Mayors … read more

Google offers tool for cities to measure emissions

A tool Google offered in the US to help cities measure pollution and emissions levels is now available in Europe. It compiles transport and building data from Google Maps with publicly available information about emissions Google will initially offer the tool to Birmingham, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Coventry, Dublin and Copenhagen. It plans to add more … read more

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