EUROPE ACTIVITIES
Climate Change
Tackling Climate Change at the Local Level

Background:

The next 10 years will be critical for the future of our planet. The fourth edition of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook asserts that even if atmospheric concentrations of GHGs were to be stabilised today, land and ocean temperatures would increase for decades and sea levels would rise for centuries. Therefore, adaptation to climate change is necessary and urgent, even if mitigation measures are rapidly implemented. New types of policies, partnerships and instruments, which dramatically scale up present climate change efforts, will be needed.

Sub-national governments are actors of growth and have an impact on how their national economy performs. They have also been active in mobilizing expertise, funds and private sector investment for development in the form of region-to-region cooperation that is gradually growing in importance within development aid. Sub-national authorities can complement national-level efforts in paving the way to a low carbon economy that will not only avert the climate crisis but will open a new chapter in development ensuring sustainable energy and food security, the robustness of infrastructure services and the creation of new jobs and economic opportunities. They represent a link sufficiently close to the people where projects will be implemented and sufficiently elevated to integrate projects into public policies and planning processes to ensure wider development impacts on their territories.

Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) Project

TACC is a partnership of four UN agencies that works with developing countries and countries with economies in transition to increase their resilience to climate change and reduce their carbon footprint.

Led by UNEP, the first phase of TACC works with sub-national governments to identify the risks and opportunities related to climate change policies and integrate these into national plans.

Overall goals of the TACC project are to:
  1. Provide access to and employ the latest climate change science, information, tools and good practices.
  2. Create a partnership and local governance framework to address the cross-sectoral nature of climate change.
  3. Develop a local climate profile (including assessments of present and future climate risks, adaptive capacity needs and energy service provisions.
  4. Draft a climate change strategy and action plan in line with national climate policies to ensure a programmatic approach to climate change.
  5. Identify, assess and prioritise projects within the Integrated Territorial Climate Plan (ITCP) to be funded, identify and combine different financing opportunities including the carbon market.
Activities:
  1. Convening awareness raising workshops in five continents covering 500 sub-national territories to help them access and utilize up-to-date climate change science, information tools, methodologies and good practices. The workshops aim to facilitate the identification and selection of sub-national territories that will engage in the development and implementation of Integrated Territorial Climate Plans within national plans. The workshops bring together practitioners from sub-national and central governments, NGOs, private sector and other relevant stakeholders.
  2. Assisting sub-national governments and their associations with setting up and accessing the web-based portal, an information.