Compact of Mayors Online Training Course

The Compact of Mayors Online Training Course is designed for mayors, city sustainability officers, environmental policy advisors and city climate planning professionals. 

This self-paced e-learning course provides an overview of the tools, resources and compliance requirements of the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city leaders committed to sustainable local climate action. The Compact establishes a common platform to capture the impact of cities’ collective actions through standardized measurement of emissions and climate risk, and consistent, public reporting of their efforts. To develop greenhouse gas inventories, cities use the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC).

The seven-module course includes interactive exercises, infographics, maps, graphs and resources for learning about the Compact of Mayors. Lessons provide foundational knowledge for getting started with GHG inventories, setting mitigation targets and developing climate action plans. The course also provides ample opportunities for users to apply material through practice exercises with real-time feedback that motivates and reinforces learning.

Course enrollees and expect to learn about:

  • What the Compact of Mayors is
  • What cities need to do to become Compact compliant
  • How to get started developing a GPC compliant greenhouse gas inventory
  • Reporting greenhouse gas targets
  • Good practices for developing community-scale climate action plan


GHG Protocol for Cities
The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) provides a robust framework for accounting and reporting city-wide greenhouse gas emissions. 
What are the system requirements?

There are no system requirements. To access the course, all you need is a browser and Internet connection. 

How long does a training take?

The course typically takes 5 hours to complete.

Should I be familiar with the GPC standard before taking the online course?

No, the course provides an introduction to the GPC and to other tools and resources for cities.

Will I get a completion certificate?

Yes, you may receive a certificate for completing this course. To do so, you must complete all seven modules of the course and complete a course evaluation.

How long do I have access to the training?

The course is self-paced and users have access to the course at all times. Additionally, users can participate in the discussion forum to engage with course facilitators and other people who have taken the course.

Who should I contact with any other questions I have?

For questions and comments about course content, please visit the course discussion forum. 


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