Today, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Michael R. Bloomberg, Special Envoy to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Ambition and Solutions and Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, jointly announced $3 million in support of the Subnational Climate Action Leaders’ Exchange (SCALE), a first-of-its-kind initiative to support cities, states, and regions in the development and implementation of net-zero, climate-resilient targets and roadmaps.
SCALE will empower subnational champions to drive ambition at the national and international level and will leverage action and advocacy organized around a set of high-level thematic and sectoral goals needed to keep a 1.5-aligned, climate-resilient future within reach. The initiative will expand the number of subnational entities committed to ambitious climate targets; connect them to relevant tools and resources and support the development of additional programs and technical assistance; showcase the efforts of leading cities, states, and regions and facilitate peer-to-peer exchange and capacity building; and promote multi-level and cross-sector dialogue, including on opportunities to mobilize finance for subnational action at scale.
In its first phase, it will focus on accelerating implementation of the Global Methane Pledge and its call for a 30 percent reduction in methane emissions by 2030.
The State Department intends to provide $1.5 million in support of SCALE, subject to Congressional notification and the completion of domestic procedures, which will be matched by $1.5 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
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