Compact of Mayors

We are very pleased to announce that four Australian councils have been selected to be the ICLEI Oceania “fast track” cities for the newly established international Compact of Mayors. Congratulations to Adelaide, Joondalup, Mornington Peninsula Shire and City of Port Phillip!

Launched at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, the Compact of Mayors is the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change.

The Compact is underpinned by stringent requirements to plan, act and measure climate action. Cities which commit to the Compact are expected to complete a comprehensive climate planning and action process within three years. The compliance definitions and other information are available at www.compactofmayors.org

Adelaide, Joondalup, Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip councils have already fulfilled all the Compact criteria and are currently undergoing a final audit to confirm their compliance. This is a great achievement! And the four ICLEI councils were showcased at the Paris COP along with leader cities from other parts of the world.

ICLEI Oceania is now recruiting councils to be part of the second wave of Compact cities. We can offer guidance to councils by conducting an assessment of your current progress and what else is needed to fulfill the requirements. ICLEI can also offer a special package to ICLEI members to complete, or update, your community emissions inventory, as this has been a challenging issue for many of our members.

To register your interest in joining the Compact of Mayors, or if you would like more information, please contact Alexi Lynch at alexi.lynch@iclei.org