Climate action by cities, regions, and business is crucial for achieving national climate pledges under the Paris Agreement. Data-Driven Lab works to assess the scope and impact of their efforts on national and global greenhouse gas emissions.

“Global Climate Action from Cities, Regions and Businesses. Individual actors, collective initiatives and their impact on global greenhouse gas emissions, a report released alongside the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, is a comprehensive research effort to aggregate climate commitments by cities, regions, and businesses. Prepared by NewClimate Institute, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), Data-Driven Lab, University of Oxford and the German Development Institute (DIE), in partnership with CDP and Mission2020, and with support from the ClimateWorks Foundation, the report shows how non-state and subnational actors could help nations overachieve their emissions reduction targets under the Paris Agreement, giving country leaders more confidence to ramp up efforts to keep the world within 1.5°C warming.

This report confirms previous findings, from a similar 2018 report, on the significant potential for local governments and corporations to cut greenhouse gas emissions, especially when working through international partnerships such as the Global Covenant of Mayors, C40, We Are Still In and the Under2 Coalition. This research – and its potential implications for climate governance – have also informed the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Yearbook for Climate Action, and the UN Environment’s Emissions Gap Report.