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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2021-67
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2021-67

  15 Mar 2021

15 Mar 2021

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Global Covenant of Mayors, a dataset of GHG emissions for 6,200 cities in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean

Albana Kona1, Paolo Bertoldi1, Fabio Monforti-Ferrario1, Marta Giulia Baldi1, Eleonora Lo Vullo1, Georgia Kakoulaki1, Nadja Vetters1, Christian Thiel1, Giulia Melica1, Alessandra Sgobbi2, Christofer Ahlgren2, and Brieuc Posnic3 Albana Kona et al.
  • 1European Commission –Joint Research Centre-Ispra
  • 2European Commission –Directorate General forClimate Action
  • 3European Commission –Directorate General for Energy

Abstract. The Paris Agreement has underlined the role of cities in combating climate change. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) is the largest dedicated international initiative to promote climate action at city level, covering globally over 10,000 cities and almost half the population of the European Union (EU) by end of March 2020. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report denotes that there is a lack of comprehensive, consistent datasets of cities' Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventories. To address part of this gap, we present here a harmonised, complete and verified dataset of GHG inventories for 6,200 cities in European and Southern Mediterranean countries, signatories of the GCoM initiative. To complement the emission data reported, a set of ancillary data that have a direct or indirect potential impact on cities' climate action plans were collected from other databases, supporting further research on local climate action and monitoring the EU's progress on Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Climate Action. The dataset is archived and publicly available with the DOI number https://doi.org/10.2905/57A615EB-CFBC-435A-A8C5-553BD40F76C9.

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A dataset of GHG emissions for 6,200 cities in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean countries Albana Kona, Paolo Bertoldi, Marta Baldi, Fabio Monforti-Ferrario, Valentina Palermo, Eleonora Lo Vullo, Silvia Rivas-Calvete, Nadja Vetters, Christian Thiel, Alessandra Sgobbi, Christofer Ahlgren, and Brieuc Posnic https://doi.org/10.2905/57A615EB-CFBC-435A-A8C5-553BD40F76C9

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The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), the largest international initiative to promote climate action at city level, has collected a large amount of information on urban GHG emissions. Here we present the harmonised, completed and verified GCoM emission dataset, originating from 6,200 cities among its signatories, complemented with a set of useful ancillary data. This knowledge will contribute to cover the lack of consistent datasets of cities' emissions.