Global Synthesis Report on local climate action

Every year since 2018, the Climate Chance Observatory has been publishing a Global Report on the climate action of territories, a synthesis of the results posted by the main cooperation initiatives of cities and regions for the mitigation of climate change in their territories.

Local Action Report 2021

Release of the Report on local action 2021 on April 6, 2021.

The Local Action Report 2021 was published on 6 April 2021.

This new Synthesis Report makes it possible to follow, decipher and “take the pulse” of the progress of the local and subnational governments’ climate action a few months before the COP26. It “tells” the story behind the numbers and thus provides a synthesis of the most recent data on local government action around the world, particularly international local government initiatives. It examines recent trends such as the adoption of carbon neutrality strategies or the increasing consideration of carbon footprints.

This Report also explores new themes that are equally important for climate action: the articulation of national, regional and local climate policies, as well as the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the territories.

Finally, it is enriched by analyses of several case studies presenting innovative experiments by local and subnational local governments that are mobilised and particularly committed to the climate front, despite the pandemic: Bahia, Bogota, Dakar, Scotland, Manchester, Melbourne, Mexico City, Occitania, Ontario, Palembang, North Rhine-Westphalia, San Carlos de Bariloche, Slavutych, Strasbourg, Turin.

Find here the replays of the Climate Chance Talks organised for the launch of the Local Action Report 2021.

Local Action Report 2019

This edition brings together the main results posted by the networks and climate initiatives of cities and regions in 2019, 13 territorial case studies analysing the coherence of public policies of cities and regions, as well as an “Around the world in 80 initiatives” section, of the actions carried out by the territories in 10 environmental and climate public policy topics.

In 2019, local and regional authorities have demonstrated a growing technical and political contribution to global efforts to combat climate change. Cities represent a major challenge for the climate : they are at the heart of countries’ GHG emission reduction strategies.

Local Action Report 2018

This first edition presents an overview of climate action put in practice by local governments and their networks worldwide, and is composed of 3 sections.

  • « Progress of global initiatives » identifies the main international covenants and networks of cities and regions, introduces their history and activities, analyses the state of their commitments and the impact of their action in light of the reporting of their members. It also sheds light on the main carbon accounting methodologies and existing platforms of reporting. 
  • « Territorial results » presents 23 case studies of cities and regions, which recently stood out with noteworthy actions or results in carbon emission reductions.
  • « Around the world in 80 initiatives » showcases a range of local-based actions newly started or having recently proven impressive achievements on 10 environmental and climatic issues.