The Under2 Coalition gives a strong climate voice to regions

Under2 Coalition gives a strong climate voice to regions

The Under2 Coalition created following the COP21 Paris Agreement now encompasses 205 governments representing more than 1.3 billion people and almost 40% of the global economy, who have committed to reduce GHG emissions by 2050.

The Under2 Coalition provides a global forum for sub-national governments to work together towards carbon neutrality by 2050 .

Signatories also submit a plan that outlines their unique set of actions to reach their reduction goals and commit to cooperative efforts around the implementation and monitoring of action to meet these goals.

200 members in 2 years

In its latest report the Coalition cites its various achievements so far. Over just two years it has attracted more than 200 members who are committed to climate action. The report shows how the voice of state and regional governments is growing ever more powerful through Coalition activities – in particular at the COP23 global climate talks, where Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, was appointed Global Ambassador for the Under2 Coalition.

“In 2018, the Under2 Coalition is positioned to both contribute to direct emissions reductions and to support and inspire more ambitious climate goals from national governments,” says Tim Ash Vie, Director, Under2 Coalition Secretariat, The Climate Group. “It is a fundamental tenet of the Under2 Coalition that while national governments negotiated the Paris Agreement, state and regional leaders are central to delivering the goal of limiting global temperature increase to less than 2 degrees Celsius.”

In a move that further added to the Under2 Coalition’s climate momentum, COP23 President Fiji also appointed Under2 Coalition Co-chair Governor Brown of California as the first ever Special Advisor for States and Regions.

To achieve its objectives, the Under2 Coalition’s work is based on three work streams:

  1. Deep decarbonization pathway planning: supporting governments develop robust medium and long-term (2050) emissions reduction plans in line with the Paris Climate Agreement goal of keeping the rise in global temperature well below 2C of warming.
  2. Scaling innovative policy solutions: replicating and spreading today’s best policies to accelerate climate action, and developing new policies to ensure full decarbonization over the longer-term.
  3. Mainstreaming transparency and reporting: supporting governments so they have the expertise and systems in place to assess their emissions accurately, track progress and ensure policies remain fit for delivering against decarbonization targets.

COP23 also saw the launch of our Annual Disclosure report – 2017 update, which demonstrated concrete climate action from over 100 state and regional governments disclosing their emissions data and climate goals.

This focus on transparency was reinforced by the launch of the States and Regions Climate Tracker and Sub-National Climate Analytics Navigator tools with CDP, which help governments make informed decisions on their climate policy thanks to the data disclosed by their peers on development, target setting and GHG reduction.

Major force in international climate affairs

The Under2 Coalition has also demonstrated that it is a major force in international climate affairs through initiatives such as the Energy Transition Platform, which supports highly industrialized state and regional governments in developing and implementing innovative clean energy policies.

Last year, the Innovation Lab workshop, hosted by the Basque Government in Bilbao, helped governments transition their energy systems towards a cleaner, healthier economy for their citizens.

The Climate Group acts as Secretariat to the Under2 Coalition and works directly with government signatories and partners of the Under2 MOU to drive net-zero ambition and action.

The Under2 MOU is a commitment by sub-national governments to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions toward net-zero by 2050. Central to this is the public commitment by all signatories to reduce their GHG emissions by 80-95% on 1990 levels, or 2 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent per capita, by 2050.

Photo: Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, was appointed Global Ambassador for the Under2 Coalition

Further information

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February 6, 2018