January 2014 : The World Bank’s Urban Development and Resilience Unit recently initiated the City Climate Planner Accreditation Program. The goal of the program is to certify personnel who work on city GHG inventory, low-carbon planning and climate risk assessment. The vision is to get cities ready, so they can build evidence base and transform from low-carbon plans to green investment
The program’s first stakeholder meeting was held in Gwangju, South Korea, Jan. 13-15th. The 3-day meeting was aimed at discussing methodologies related to city-level GHG inventories, identifying effective personnel certification program, and mapping out the timetable.
The meeting was attended by about 25 senior officials, researchers and consultants from UN agencies, think tanks and companies. Globally, there are 181 cities with emission inventories, 70 cities with some sorts of climate risk studies, and 30 cities with comprehensive climate plans. Given this landscape, establishing a global standard to ensure city GHG inventory, low-carbon planning and climate risk assessment more consistent and comparable seemed urgently important.
The meeting ended with an agreement of an ambitious timeline: launch personnel certification on city GHG inventory by the end of 2014 and start climate plan certification by the end of 2015.