The São Paulo State´s Climate Protocol is a voluntary initiative which encourages companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take actions to adapt to climate change.
By joining the Protocol, any legal entity (company, enterprise, public body, NGO) reports of its annual emissions, inventory methodology, scope and certification utilized, performance indicator, benchmarks for best practices, and eventual targets and timetables to curb emissions.
Regarding adaptation, the adherent can report awareness and climate resilience actions.
Answers to the protocol are summarized through a performance scorecard, allowing for the identification of frontrunners and for individual improvement over time. Different levels of data disclosure are provided, ensuring publicity adequate to each adherent´s circumstances. All information is kept solely by the São Paulo State Environment Secretariat, and can be used to better establish public policies aimed at improving the competitiveness of companies through the use of cleaner technologies.
This initiative is part of the São Paulo Government´s Climate Actions, and was presented at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, December 2015.