ICLEI Releases First National Standard for Measuring a Community’s Carbon Footprint
Long-awaited protocol standardizes guidance for how U.S. local governments can measure the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their communities; sets stage to accelerate climate progress of cities and counties
Today the first-ever national standard for how to measure the greenhouse gas emissions associated with communities was released by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA). The U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Community Protocol) changes the game for U.S. cities and counties. It is a much-needed resource to help more local governments reduce their communities’ carbon emissions.
The Community Protocol simplifies and standardizes the technical guidance necessary to complete a greenhouse gas inventory. This allows local governments to gain a clearer understanding of which sources and activities within their communities-from power generation and passenger vehicles to livestock and solid waste treatment-are most responsible for the greenhouse gases driving climate change.
A Major Step Forward for Cities and Counties “The Community Protocol fills a void for local governments and resolves longstanding confusion on GHG reporting,” said Michael Schmitz, ICLEI USA Executive Director. “With a consistent standard in place, local governments can more clearly measure and report carbon emissions, evaluate climate progress, and compare results.
Cities and counties are already the national leaders on climate action. This national standard will make it easier for even more local governments to get started on actions to lower their emissions.”
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