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Supply Chain GHG Emissions Inventory Cohort

Efforts focused on the elimination of domestic fossil fuel uses are critical, but do not fully address the climate crisis if consumption patterns remain unchanged. From large infrastructure projects to purchasing  vehicles, food, and consumer goods and services, supply chain emissions average about 5.5x the direct emissions of the organization itself.  ICLEI is eager to target sustainable procurement  and consumption in local governments to help confront the challenge.

This Supply Chain GHG Inventory Cohort provides structured technical assistance to guide ICLEI members through the steps of quantifying the greenhouse gas emissions associated with local government operations. The inventory can act as a baseline to inform local government procurement policies and programs to reduce environmental impact, create operational efficiency, and drive innovation.

The cohort will assist up to 12 cities or counties as they identify “top spend” categories for analysis and create a supply chain emissions inventory.  This cohort will also share best practices from communities utilizing sustainable procurement practices as well as other avenues for direct action.

At a Glance

Open To:

ICLEI Members, Cities, Counties

# Participants:



Apr 2021 through Jul 2021


300 - Upper-Intermediate




Low Emissions, Circular


ICLEI estimates the value of this instruction at $11,000 per community: 6 hours of group instruction, 12 hours of individual support, access to tools and peer network, and recognition


Open to ICLEI members only. ClearPath Local Government Operations GHG inventory developed within the past three years. Familiarity with GHG accounting protocols/principles is key.

Who Will Participate

Up to 12 ICLEI members will participate.

Effort Level

Participants will attend live virtual training sessions and complete tasks between sessions. ICLEI technical experts will provide individual coaching sessions. Expect 40 hours of effort during the eight-month cohort duration.


Exact dates pending participant input.

Session 1: Intro to local government operations GHG inventory, supply chain accounting

Session 2: Local government spend: Survey design and dissemination

Session 3: Downscaling and adjusting procurement data

Session 4: Quantitative analysis

One-on-one check-ins

Session 5: Round robin comparison of results putting data into action

Session 6: Information and Sustainable Purchasing Policy

One-on-one, ongoing membership support


Contact your ICLEI Technical Advisor or email