International Climate Leadership
The Climate Registry to Host Delegation of States at COP25
The Climate Registry and the Climate Action Reserve will host a bipartisan delegation of governors, senior government officials, business leaders, academics and NGOs at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Madrid, Spain from December 7-14, 2019.
TCR and the Climate Action Reserve have launched a new website (copdelegation.org) dedicated to our joint delegation. The website provides details on our COP activities, resources for delegates, and information on how you can support our delegation.
The Climate Registry’s Delegation of States at COP24
The Climate Registry and the Climate Action Reserve hosted a bipartisan delegation of U.S. states at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland. States attending include California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and Washington.
Over the course of several events that showcased state climate action and impact, three themes emerged:
- U.S. states are filling the climate leadership gap left by the federal government
- U.S. states are collaborating with each other and with other countries, cities and the business community to meet the carbon reduction targets laid out in the latest IPCC report
- U.S. states are experiencing economic transformation and growth as a result of their climate action and from clean energy and energy efficiency investments.
Read our press release for inspiring quotes on climate action from state leaders.
View our official UNFCCC side event: Sub-National Strategies in North America for Meeting Paris Commitments.
Summary of Outcomes and Useful Links
Countries reached agreement on the rulebook for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement. The Katowice Climate Package includes a detailed transparency framework, uniform accounting and reporting rules, guidance on establishing new targets on climate finance to support developing countries, and guidance on assessing the effectiveness of climate action and the progress on the development and transfer of technology.
Article 6 emerged as a point of difficulty during COP 24 and a consensus could not be reached by the end of the conference. Negotiations are postponed to next year’s COP (in Chile, see below). At issue is the accounting framework for market-based emissions units (internationally transferred mitigation outcomes or ITMOs) and the possibility of double counting.
Countries could not reach an agreement on how to account for emissions reduction units in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of the country in which they are sourced – particularly a developing country – if the units are bought and applied to the NDC of another country. Brazil and other developing countries prefer a mechanism transition period to enable developing countries to gradually scale up to full accounting.
Our Role at COP
Sub-national leadership is critical if we are to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and curb the worst consequences of climate change.
TCR and the Climate Action Reserve had two primary objectives at COP24: (1) to provide a platform for North American sub-national jurisdictions to showcase their climate policies, and (2) to enable learning and exchange opportunities between our delegates and those from other countries and regions.
We are proud to support governors and agency directors in their efforts to combat climate change.
In partnership with the Climate Action Reserve, The Climate Registry has led delegations of governors, senior government officials, business leaders, academics and other NGOs to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations for almost a decade, beginning with COP 13 in Bali in 2006.
“… national governments simply cannot by themselves reduce emissions at the unprecedented rates needed to achieve key milestones made under the Paris Agreement. Subnational governments – cities, states, provinces and the partnerships that exist among these groups – need to align local action with the Paris Agreement. Business, academic and civil society communities need to be active in the shift to a new kind of development. Without local action – in the Americas and in every region on every continent of the planet – we will not accomplish our global goals.” -Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
For information on previous COP delegations, please see our COP Archive.
For more information about TCR’s role in COP24 please contact our program director at: email@example.com