Under 20 Coalition

THE UNDER2 COALITION BRINGS TOGETHER 170 GOVERNMENTS, SPANNING SIX CONTINENTS AND 33 COUNTRIES COMMITTING TO REDUCE THEIR GHG EMISSIONS TOWARD NET-ZERO BY 2050.

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Signatories also submit a plan that outlines their unique set of actions to reach their reduction goals and commit to cooperative efforts around the implementation and monitoring of action to meet these goals.

The Under2 Coalition provides a global forum for sub-national governments to work together to get on a trajectory consistent with 2050 carbon neutrality. The Under2 Coalition sets the tone for bold climate leadership and provides an effective global partnership model for parties to the UNFCCC. We are sending a clear signal that net-zero by 2050 is achievable, desirable and leads to faster results.

TOGETHER THEY REPRESENT OVER 1 BILLION PEOPLE AND A COLLECTIVE GDP OF US$25.9 TRILLION, REPRESENTING ONE THIRD OF THE ECONOMY.

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To achieve its objectives, the Under2 Coalition’s work is based on three work streams:

1. Developing 2050 pathway plans – supporting Under2 MOU signatories to develop short and long-term goals and pathways to 2050.

2. Scaling innovative policy solutions – supporting the upscale and sharing of the best policy solutions.

3. Progress – ensuring governments have the expertise and systems in place to assess their emissions accurately and track progress against their targets.

JOINING THE UNDER2 COALITION

Sub-national governments wishing to join the Under2 Coalition will be requested to sign the Under2 MOU, and thereby commit to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95%, or limit to 2 metric tons CO2-equivalent per capita, by 2050. National governments are invited to endorse the Under2 MOU and to join the Under2 Coalition as partners. For more information, please visit under2mou.org

COMPACT OF STATES AND REGIONS

The Compact is an initiative that provides a transparent, global picture of efforts to tackle climate change from state and regional governments. It is designed to catalyze climate change mitigation through inventory development, target setting and strategy development.

Less than two years after its launch, the Compact of States and Regions, an initiative driven by The Climate Group and CDP, has become the global go-to platform for states, provinces and regions to measure and manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – already collecting climate data from 62 governments representing 17% of the global economy.

This pioneering group of governments includes states that rival some of the largest and most developed nations in the world, as well as rural areas and territories already heavily affected by climate change. With a great diversity in geography, culture, and socioeconomics, they are united in taking their collective responsibility to monitor progress against their climate targets. See our infographic below for further details.

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Image: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon being presented with an advance copy of the Compact of States and Regions Disclosure Report by Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia, at COP21 in Paris.

The first Compact of States and Regions Disclosure Report was released at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015 and applauded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The second edition of the Disclosure Report was launched on December 1, 2016 during a webinar introduced by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform of the Scottish Government.

The 2016 Disclosure Report showed that the short-term ambition of the disclosing governments is in line with keeping global temperature rise within a 2 degrees Celsius scenario. However, ambitious long-term targets are needed to match the rate of decarbonization required up to 2050.

THE TARGETS DISCLOSED IN 2016 WILL RESULT IN:

In the coming years, the annual disclosure report will continue to showcase the level of ambition of states and regions globally, while at the same time taking stock of progress on mitigation.

The Compact commitments are also included in the Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) platform, the online tool developed by the United Nations with the governments of France and Peru for COP21. Through NAZCA, businesses, cities, regions and investors have already showcased over 12,500 climate initiatives.

By reporting to the Compact of States and Regions, governments are leading the way to a more transparent and collaborative approach to climate action. The Climate Group invites all states, provinces and regions around the world to signal their intent to start reporting in 2017. The next reporting period will be announced early 2017.

Together, we can ensure a prosperous, resilient, low carbon future for all.

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The Compact showcases individual and cumulated GHG reduction targets made by sub-national governments around the world. Each year, an assessment of progress toward those commitments takes place through the disclosure of GHG inventory data. All data is collected and analyzed in partnership with the CDP.

Importantly, the Compact supports the Paris Agreement and global climate governance by providing a clear and accurate picture of sub-national governments’ contributions through reliable and publicly available data. The Compact’s partners believe all state and regional governments – considering their different capabilities and circumstances – should measure GHG emissions and set ambitious reduction goals, because these are the pillars of a robust climate strategy.

By acting locally, the Compact proves that state and regional governments are global climate leaders. Their engagement is increasingly being recognized, particularly through the UNFCCC NAZCA platform (Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action) launched at COP20 in Lima – which the Compact supplies data to.

THIS DATA IS EVIDENCE OF WHAT WE HAVE LONG UNDERSTOOD — THAT SUB-NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, COMBATTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUPPORTING THE TRANSITION TO A LOW CARBON ECONOMY.