Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT)
The Paris Agreement marked a historic turning point in global action on climate change, committing all countries to play a part in limiting global temperature rise, adapt to changes already occurring, and regularly increase efforts over time.
The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) was founded to respond to the critical need to support improved transparency and capacity building under the Paris Agreement. ICAT work is guided by with the ICAT strategy and ICAT long-term work programme.
ICAT integrates guidance, capacity building and knowledge sharing to engage countries in the use of a common framework to assess the impacts of their policies and actions and report progress, fostering greater transparency, effectiveness and ambition. The Initiative will improve the availability and quality of data and enable countries to promote efficient, cost-effective policies. The Initiative will also provide a platform for countries to share lessons learned and build mutual confidence in their climate actions.
ICAT Series of Assessment Guides
In collaboration with technical experts from around the world, the Initiative is developing a series of assessment guides for countries to use to transparently measure and assess the impacts of climate policies and actions. This includes methodologies for measuring the effects of policies and actions on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to climate change, responding to sustainable development needs and driving transformational change.
The methodologies will accommodate different needs and national circumstances to ensure it is widely applicable and broadly supported. It builds on existing methods and approaches, such as the Policy and Action Standard (WRI/Greenhouse Gas Protocol) and other Related Guides.
The Initiative is also working with developing countries to strengthen capacity to assess climate actions (in the context of their NDCs) and report their progress in line with the Paris Agreement, based on individual country needs. ICAT works closely with governments, along with public agencies, higher education institutions and civil society bodies, to strengthen institutional arrangements, processes and procedures. The Initiative supports in-country capacity development programmes through training modules on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of policies and actions, and knowledge sharing of good practice and lessons learned.
ICAT was created as an unincorporated multi-stakeholder partnership by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF); ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF); the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU); and the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS).
The Donor Steering Committee (DSC) provides the overall strategic direction of the Initiative, seeking advice from the Advisory Committee, as necessary. The DSC includes representatives from the donors, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The Advisory Committee consists of individuals with expertise in climate policy, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) from participating countries, multi-lateral organisations, civil society and think-tanks.
On behalf of the DSC, UNOPS provides its management and support services in accordance with ICAT’s overall strategy, and multi-year and annual work plans and budgets.
Within UNOPS, ICAT activities are managed by the ICAT Secretariat led by the ICAT Director Dr. Henning Wuester. The ICAT Secretariat coordinates and guides the work of ICAT implementing partners in line with the ICAT strategy and ICAT long-term work programme.
The implementing partners are currently the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), World Resources Institute (WRI), the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), NewClimate Institute, and GHG Management Institute. The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), Rainforest Alliance, The Climate Group, iNFRAS, CDP, and Verra, are supporting partners and will contribute to specific aspects of the Initiative.See more