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05.10.2015

Guidance and tools to support your Pathway to Urban Low Emission Development

The Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn® Center) - responsible for ICLEI’s Low Carbon City Agenda - offers a range of useful guidance and tools, and operates a reporting platform, to help cities and towns realize their low-carbon urban future, and promote key developments.


Below is a brief overview of key support elements – available to beginners and frontrunners alike.

Practical advice

  • GreenClimateCities® program – a step-by-step process to guide local governments through local climate action planning, implementation, also offering an MRV process (Measuring, Reporting, Verifying) to track progress.
  • What is vertical integration? Take a look here. Interested in vertical integration of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (V-NAMAs)? Take a look at policy guidance, case studies and tools.
  • Visit the Solutions Gateway where local governments can explore  low emission development solutions on waste, transit-oriented development and many other topics.
  • The Pool of Experts is a LinkedIn group where low-emission experts and local governments can connect and exchange on specific thematic areas.

Focus on greenhouse gas emissions

Some commitment initiatives and reporting

  • The Compact of Mayors can help feature your commitments on the international scene to the attention of the global community. This initiative is for the leaders, with a clear reporting framework to capture quality data, including commitments, inventories and action plans.
  • The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020.
  • Promote your work: do not forget to report your GHG inventories, commitments and local climate actions in the carbonn® Climate Registry (cCR). Check the brief introductory video on the cCR. The cCR is the reporting platform for 14  leading initiatives (more here).