Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

ICAT provides countries with tailored support and practical tools and methodologies to build robust transparency frameworks needed for effective climate action in sync with national development priorities. The projects ICAT supports relate to: building or enhancing transparency frameworks for mitigation; building a monitoring and evaluation approach for adaptation to climate change; building or enhancing frameworks to track progress in implementing NDCs. The supported projects also work to assess the impacts of climate policies; estimate or enhance projections of greenhouse gases and to establish or enhance a climate data system. To support these areas, ICAT offers a suite of practical, open-source tools and methodologies to provide effective support to the transparency efforts of countries around the world.

Project data

IKI funding
40,696,653.73 €
12/2015 till 06/2026
Implementing organisation
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Political Partner
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern
Implementing Partner
  • Aether - Air Quality and Climate Change Emissions Consultants
  • Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
  • Climate Smart Initiatives (ClimateSI)
  • Gauss International
  • Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI) - USA
  • Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
  • UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre
  • United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)

State of implementation/results

  • By the end of 2022, 11 countries completed an ICAT project resulting in the development of a refined greenhouse gas inventory. For example, the Eswatini project strengthened the country’s greenhouse gas inventory in several important sectors.…
  • 21 countries have been supported in the NDC process since ICAT’s inception. In Belize, for example, the ICAT project aimed to address gaps and barriers that were hindering climate change data capture and monitoring. Additional, non-greenhouse gas indicators (such as the associated economic, social and environmental impacts of activities) were included.…
  • As at December 2022, 24 countries had completed an ICAT project resulting in an improved MRV framework. China provides an example of this, where one of the project’s deliverables was a gap analysis and recommendations on improving an MRV system for methane.…
  • In 2021 and 2022, 1,595 people had been trained through ICAT projects. In particular, ICAT’s blended in-person/online training on the implementation of the enhanced transparency framework attracted participants from 42 countries in Asia Pacific and Africa.…
  • In 2021 and 2022, 64 peer to peer or knowledge sharing events have taken place. In 2022, seven African Ministers kicked off an ICAT co-hosted Africa Dialogue on the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF). The event, held during Africa Regional Climate Week, was a two-day workshop on advancing the implementation of the enhanced transparency framework.…
  • Since ICAT’s inception, 8 countries confirmed the ICAT project resulted in improved reporting to UNFCCC. For example, an ICAT project equipped Nigeria with reliable data to enhance its reporting to UNFCCC, and gave policymakers tools for effective policy implementation.…
  • 12 countries have improved climate and/or sustainable development policies as a result of ICAT’s work, by the end of 2022. The ICAT project in Fiji provides an example of an improvement of two policies in the agriculture sector by assessing SDG impacts.…
  • ICAT established two Regional Climate Action Transparency Hubs, one in Central Asia and the other in Central Africa, bringing together countries in the two sub-regions to share climate transparency knowledge and expertise.… To date, 27 countries have applied ICAT tools or methodologies. This suite of practical, open-source tools and methodologies provides a wide range of support to countries from the collection and management of data to the assessment of policies and actions and projection of GHG emissions.…

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