Jointly developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), and over 200 stakeholders, the GPC was formally launched on December 8, 2014, at a COP20 event in Lima, Peru, that featured mayors and city officials from around the world. The GPC provides a framework that enables cities to establish emissions accounting and reporting practices and will help them develop climate action plans and track progress over time. The protocol also will help cities integrate data reporting across various levels of government and make it easier to access climate financing. The GPC is also the mechanism by which cities and local governments can report on their climate commitments and GHG inventories under the Compact of Mayors, an unprecedented agreement to reduce GHG emissions resulting from the September 23, 2014, Climate Summit in New York.
The webinar's featured speaker will be Alex Kovac, a research assistant with WRI's Climate Program and its Tools, Reporting, and Analysis for Climate (TRAC) City Initiative, which identifies climate mitigation opportunities and promotes low carbon development. In addition to supporting drafting and coordination for the GPC, Mr. Kovac contributes to the development of standards, methodologies, and guidance for preparing accurate and actionable city-level greenhouse gas inventories.
The January 20 webinar is the latest in a series of monthly web meetings hosted by the ANSSC, a network of experts in urban infrastructure planning and sustainable development. Following the GPC presentation and Q&A, there will be an opportunity for open information sharing among all webinar participants.