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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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Environmental Insights Explorer Action Fund

What we are doing

According to the BASIC approach determined by the GPC - Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Inventories, the sectors of energy, transport and waste are the ones analyzed in the GHG Emission Inventories conducted in most Brazilian cities, where urbanized areas are predominant. As a result of these inventories, a general observed trend across the country is that Brazilian cities GHG emissions are concentrated in the transport sector, followed by the stationary energy and finally waste sector. This pattern is observed, as an example, in the inventory of the municipality of Recife, published in 2015, in which it shows that 55% of the emissions are transport related, 25% are from the energy scope and 20% are waste related. This trend is a result of the energy matrix of Brazil. Because it is strongly based on renewable sources, the main contributions of greenhouse gas emissions come from the transport sector and not the energy sector, as it is the case in other countries. In this sense, the EIE proposal to analyze the Transport and Building sectors is in alignment with the needs of Brazilian cities when planning mitigation measures. The Environmental Insights Explorer Action Fund will strengthen the participation of civil society in implementing and mainstreaming climate change action in local contexts, while also encouraging the stronger engagement of relevant non-government actors in climate planning in cooperation with local governments.

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How we are tracking

Analysis of the potential of the EIE tool in the climate planning process of local government.

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What we are achieving

In May this year, Porto Alegre and Curitiba were the two Brazilian capitals selected to participate in the Action Fund Brazil project, a collaboration between ICLEI and Google.org. The initiative is intended to support non-profit organizations in implementing local, data-driven projects to mitigate climate change, helping decision makers to set goals related to climate planning. The fund was part of approximately US$ 4 million allocated by Google.org to ICLEI secretariats in Europe, the United States, Brazil and Mexico and the Caribbean. ICLEI South America aimed at selecting four non-profits, two from each city, to subgrant U$150k each to implement impact-oriented and data-driven projects to support local climate strategies. In an effort to make public emissions data more accessible, the project has the Environmental Insights Explorer tool as an important component. The EIE displays data on greenhouse gas emissions related to buildings, transport (indicating the contributions of different types of transportation), air quality and on the solar potential of buildings’ roofs, to support local climate action.

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Equitable and people-centered development
  • Low emission development
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