To meet the Paris Agreement’s target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, climate action planning needs to deliver new levels of ambition, driving rapid and systemic change on the ground. Cities urgently need to develop local climate action plans to achieve emissions neutrality and climate resilience by 2050. The methodology of climate action planning involves setting a city vision and commitment, establishing a baseline, prioritizing actions, clarifying targets, and aligning with national policies and international frameworks. Additionally, equitable distribution and engaging with relevant political and civil partners are essential components of a successful climate action plan. While each city is likely to take a different approach, ambition, acceleration and delivery form the core of the climate action planning process.
Climate Action Planning
Emissions Gap Report 2022
As climate change impacts are experienced across the globe, the message that greenhouse gas emissions must fall is unambiguous. Yet UNEP's annual Emissions Gap Report finds that the international community is falling far short of the Paris goals.
Banking on a Just and Green Recovery
This report provides nine case studies of cities that are finding innovative ways to finance and implement projects with a focus on inclusion, equity, and a green and just recovery.
Clean air, healthy planet
This framework outlines steps for integrating air quality management and climate action planning at the city level. It supports cities to set visions and strategies to simultaneously tackle climate change, air pollution and public health issues.
Beating the Heat
This handbook was launched at COP26 and provides case studies from cities around the world that demonstrate how to sustainably tackle the urban heat island effect.
Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities
This working paper investigates the potential of nature-based solutions to help build smart, sustainable and resilient cities, drawing from the experience of G20 countries and beyond.
Implementing Open Data Strategies for Climate Action
City leaders can utilize this resource to understand the benefits of open data for climate action and better advocate for data publication processes.
Integrating Climate Adaptation
This resource guides planners to incorporate adaptation mechanisms into urban planning processes, shaping equitable and climate-resilient cities.
Climate Action Planning Framework
This resource guides cities through the essential components needed to deliver climate action plans compliant with the Paris Agreement.
Adaptation Data Explorer
This interactive tool allows urban leaders to understand regional and city-specific climate risks and learn about actions being taken in response.