FURTHER AND FASTER TOGETHER: THE 2021 GLOBAL COVENANT OF MAYORS IMPACT REPORT
by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) | Originally published on 9 November 2021
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) is the world’s largest alliance for city climate leadership, totaling more than 11,000 city and local government commitments representing over 1 billion people.
With more than three-quarters of GCoM signatories setting more ambitious targets than their countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), more than half aiming to achieve emissions reduction sooner, and a combined 100,000 climate actions in the pipeline, cities and local governments are demonstrating their willingness to act.
Significant increases in city climate finance – in particular from national governments and international organizations – can catalyze action implementation, propel the systemic transformations needed to meet the moment, and help cities and countries go further and faster together.
GCoM’s annual Impact (Aggregation) Report sheds light on the collective influence of its signatories at the frontlines of the fight against climate change, and calls for a significant boost in urban climate finance flows to realize the full potential of city climate action, while the Playbook outlines the enabling environment required for multilevel climate collaboration that integrates regional and local contributions and bolsters national climate commitments. Both reports show the sheer emissions reduction potential of cities and local governments, and make a strong case for countries to accelerate nationwide systems transformation with greater ambition and at a faster pace.
“Cities are leading the way in the battle against climate change because mayors know we can’t wait to act,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions and Global Covenant of Mayors Co-Chair. “Across the world, they are facing the consequences of climate change first-hand—and the GCoM Aggregation Report and RLC Reports are an important step towards making sure they have the funding, data, and tools they need to fight back against it.”
“Mayors are trailblazers in the race to net zero. They are bringing cleaner air and greener spaces to their citizens, electrifying public transport, and rolling out bicycle lanes to make cities a better place to live in,” said Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, and Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors.
Read the full report here: https://www.globalcovenantofmayors.org/impact2021/