The Climate Chance Observatory?

Since its creation in 2018, the Observatory publishes every year a Global Synthesis Report on non-state climate action, a synthesis of the major global trends in the actions successfully carried out by local authorities, businesses, NGOs... as well as sectoral-country and territorial case studies. All publications are in French & English.

Why create a Non-State Climate Action Observatory?

Despite the IPCC’s warnings of the severity of the climate catastrophe, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and the aggregation of commitments made by States at COP 21 predicts that temperatures will rise by more than 3°C in the 21st Century, calling for adaptation today.

The mobilisation of non-state actors (local authorities, businesses, NGOs…) and the multiplication of the projects and strategies they develop are not only a factor of hope, but are also essential if we expect to achieve a carbon-neutral world by 2050 while ensuring the essential needs of populations.

To this end, Climate Chance launched the Global Observatory of Non-State Climate Action, not to aggregate all the actions and their impacts, but to understand where the most interesting dynamics lie: in the intersection of national public policies with the mobilization of actors, in the initiatives of networks of local authorities, in the involvement of the world of finance and the evolution of its instruments.

It constitutes a very complete and unique overview with 4 thematic Reports, renewed every year:

  • Sector-based Report: Analysis and evolution of CO2 emissions in the light of the actions carried out by non-state actors in the major GHG emission sectors (energy, transport, building, industry, waste, land use).
  • Financial Report: Analysis and monitoring of climate action led by financial players: banks, insurers and investors.
  • Local Action Report: Analysis and monitoring of the main results and climate initiatives of local authorities: cities and regions.
  • Adaptation Report: State of play, data monitoring and strategies reporting on how territories adapt.

What has been said about it:

« Congratulations for the Report of the Climate Action Observatory, a mine of information, a very useful tool for reflection. » – Brigitte Collet, Ambassador for France on climate negotiations

« We cannot dissociate State and non-State actors in silos, success requires a synergy between public policies, local authorities and civil society, and this is the message conveyed by Climate Chance in this Report. »Jean Jouzel, Honorary President of Climate Chance, climatologist, former Vice President of the IPCC scientific group

What objectives?


The objectives of Climate Chance’s Non-State Global Observatory for Climate Action are:

  • Telling the story behind the figures: providing a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the evolution of GHG emissions through the action trends of the different actors, in the main emission sectors, and at different levels of governance (national, regional, local).
  • Position itself as a reference tool: synthesise multiple sources (scientific papers and reports, grey literature, corporate, press).
  • Be a toolbox for project leaders, private and public decision-makers: disseminate good practices and promote the contributions of stakeholders to the achievement of the Paris Agreements and SDGs.

What has been said about it:

« Bravo to the Climate Chance Observatory for capturing the complexity of the sector in so few pages. Reading the transport section of the 2019 Report avoids reading hundreds of pages in English from different reports. A very useful meta synthesis. »Claire Bernard, from the Michelin Foundation

« Congratulations on this robust Report, we have rarely seen such a comprehensive report in French with all these references. AFD will use it to carry out an exercise to mainstream climate change concepts through the initiatives and actions it identifies. »Christophe Buffet, from AFD’s Adapt’Action Program

Publications of the Climate Chance Observatory

Global Synthesis Report on non-state climate action

The Sector-based, Local Action, Financial and Adaptation Reports.


Country, city or regional case studies

Our case studies analyse the recent evolution of emissions in a sector or adaptation action, in a territory: country, city or region.


Projects of the Observatory

Multi-level climate governance in G20 countries – Decentralized cooperation and climate action – Access to climate data for african actors