CNCA advances methodologies, standards and governance tools for carbon neutrality planning, implementation, impact measurement and continuous improvement.
Governments are large, complex entities working to support a wide range of community needs. They are organized into departments with their own priorities and desired outcomes. The climate challenge is interdisciplinary in nature; thus, working across these divisions is essential if we are to address it effectively. Methods and tools that spread responsibility across the city administration will enhance accountability and advance systems-scale outcomes.
CNCA has prioritized the adoption of two types of governance tools over the next three years: 1) Climate Budgets, and 2) Climate Justice Tools. CNCA is:
- Mapping existing climate budget work and the use of climate justice tools in member cities;
- Evaluating emerging methodologies for integrating climate action accountability across government functions, and tracking climate action and progress toward adopted emission reduction targets;*
- Helping cities develop and apply locally appropriate climate justice tools; and
- Helping city sustainability staff advocate for citywide adoption of these tools.
*CNCA will work with cities for whom ‘climate budgets’ are not suitable to determine more locally appropriate approaches for achieving the same results.