To meet the Paris Agreement’s target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, climate action planning needs to deliver new levels of ambition, driving rapid and systemic change on the ground. Cities urgently need to develop local climate action plans to achieve emissions neutrality and climate resilience by 2050. The methodology of climate action planning involves setting a city vision and commitment, establishing a baseline, prioritizing actions, clarifying targets, and aligning with national policies and international frameworks. Additionally, equitable distribution and engaging with relevant political and civil partners are essential components of a successful climate action plan. While each city is likely to take a different approach, ambition, acceleration and delivery form the core of the climate action planning process.
Climate Action Planning
Protecting People and the Planet: Putting People at the Heart of City Climate Action
This report from ICLEI and CDP shares analysis from the data reported through the 2022 CDP-ICLEI track, and highlights the need for people-centered climate action in cities.
Freetown Climate Action Strategy
Freetown's first attempt toward delivering on its commitment to the Paris Agreement, this strategy presents innovative, evidence-based solutions to help the city adapt to climate risks while strengthening mitigation efforts.
The Summary for Urban Policymakers of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report
This publication by the Summary for Urban Policymakers (SUP) initiative synthesizes the latest findings from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Reports in partnership with cities and businesses across the globe.
Emissions Gap Report 2022
As climate change impacts are experienced across the globe, the message that greenhouse gas emissions must fall is unambiguous. Yet UNEP's annual Emissions Gap Report finds that the international community is falling far short of the Paris goals.
Daring cities 2022: Compendium of best practices
This report compiles case studies from cities around the world that are taking bold climate action and tackling the multifaceted challenges of climate emergency finance.
Banking on a Just and Green Recovery
This report provides nine case studies of cities that are finding innovative ways to finance and implement projects with a focus on inclusion, equity, and a green and just recovery.
Clean air, healthy planet
This framework outlines steps for integrating air quality management and climate action planning at the city level. It supports cities to set visions and strategies to simultaneously tackle climate change, air pollution and public health issues.
Beating the Heat
This handbook was launched at COP26 and provides case studies from cities around the world that demonstrate how to sustainably tackle the urban heat island effect.
Unlocking Public-Private Partnerships: A Toolkit for Local Governments
This report discusses empowering local governments with strategies for effective public-private partnerships in sustainable development.