Any council can commit to the Global Covenant of Mayors and they then have up to three years to meet a series of internationally recognized compliance steps. Indeed, many councils have already completed many of the expected outcomes, some initiated by Government or through the Local Government Associations, and therefore can be recognised as compliant in fewer than three years.

To be compliant a council must:

  • Provide a letter of intent to be recognized as leaders in local climate action
  • Submit an initial community greenhouse emission inventory and hazards assessment, using the agreed standards and review regularly
  • Register a greenhouse reduction target and climate vulnerability assessment
  • Submit a Climate Action Plan. A climate action plan shows how a council will deliver on its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a Climate Adaptation Plan.