WRI成員Ryan Schleeter和Wee Kean Fong更指出，現在開發中城市的排放已經趕上已開發城市，「北京、上海、天津等中國城市人均排放已經接近歐美大都市。都會區的環境衝擊仍在持續成長，因為接下來20年，城市人口還會增加140億，並吸引數兆元的投資。」
GPC由華盛頓智庫世界資源研究所（World Resources Institute，WRI）、C40城市減碳聯盟（C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group）和地方政府永續發展理事會（ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability）耗時3年所完成。
紐約聯合國秘書長氣候高峰會上組成的「市長聯盟」，是全世界最主要的城市對抗氣候變遷聯盟，將採用GPC設定氣候目標並在平台上報告執行進度。所有報告的數據將由市長聯盟指定的「全球城市碳申報與登錄平台」（Carbon Climate Registry）整合和公佈。
The first global standard to measure greenhouse gas emissions from cities was launched Monday in tandem with the ongoing UN climate summit in Lima.
The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC) is the first internationally accepted standard for measuring emissions at the city level, enabling cities to establish credible emissions accounting and reporting practices.
Using the GPC, cities can develop an emissions baseline, set mitigation goals, create more targeted climate action plans and track their progress over time.
The GPC was developed over the past three years by the Washington, DC-based think-tank World Resources Institute (WRI), the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
Cities are the largest source of the problem, they told the biggest gathering of mayors and climate action experts since the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September in New York, because half the global population lives in urban areas, and cities produce 70 percent of the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions.
Even now, emerging cities are catching up to developed cities in their emissions, said Fong and Schleeter. “The Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin, for example, have per capita emissions similar to those of large European and North American cities. And the environmental impact of urban areas is poised to grow – cities are expected to gain 1.4 billion people in the next 20 years and attract trillions of dollars’ worth of investments.”
At their meeting Monday in Lima’s historic municipal hall, the mayors of the world’s major cities, and many smaller cities as well, cemented the commitment of local governments to step up collaborative climate action and scale down greenhouse gas emissions.
They produced the Lima Communiqué, which will feed into the ongoing negotiations across town at COP20, the 20th Conference of the governments that are Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
There, delegates from more than 190 countries are negotiating the draft text of a new universal legally-binding climate change agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, to be adopted a year from now in Paris.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the 35 cities that pilot-tested a beta version of the Global Protocol.
In 2011, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes enacted an ambitious climate change law, setting a goal to avoid 20 percent of its emissions by 2020. But at the time, Rio officials had no idea how much the city was emitting, or where its emissions were coming from.
By using the new GPC protocol, city officials calculated that transport produced 39 percent of its emissions and waste produced 19 percent. They found that targeting emissions reductions in these sectors would help Rio meet its 20 percent target.
The number of cities using the GPC has since risen to more than 100 and is expected to grow in the near future.
Under the Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest effort for cities to fight climate change, debuted at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September, cities will set climate targets and report against these targets into a reporting platform, using the newly-launched GPC.
All reported data will be consolidated and made publicly available through the Carbon Climate Registry, the Compact’s designated central repository.