Today, C40 Cities and ICLEI - together in collaboration with the World Resources Institute and the Joint Work Programme of the Cities Alliance between the World Bank Group, UN-HABITAT and UNEP - announced a major step forward in establishing a standard for emissions measurement and reporting across cities of all sizes and geographies. Together, these organizations launched a pilot version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions - a tool that will provide a consistent and transparent system for cities to plan for and finance climate change action.

From the release:

"Measurement and reporting underpins the local action driving C40 Cities leadership in addressing global climate change," says Jay Carson, C40 Executive Director. "As such, the community protocol represents the interests, needs and challenges of C40 Cities."

C40 Director Mike Marinello noted that the pilot is being launched one year after the initiative was announced.

"In June of 2011, at the C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo, we announced to the world that we would develop a way to standardize and harmonize GHG emissions measurement and reporting," said Marinello. "Less than a year later, C40 and our partners are delivering on that promise, demonstrating that there is a will for concrete action on climate change in cities around the world."

The pilot launch is the next step in a rigorous and collaborative process which included the release of a draft standard for public comment in March.

Read the full press release on the announcement here.

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