Global assessment of
government actions related to climate change.




Design Phase 2023

Outputs and lessons learned


Activities and products

Throughout 2023, various activities were carried out in the development phase of ClimateScanner, in particular:

  • Rapid assessment methodology
  • Pilot testing of the tool in 15 countries
  • Global survey to identify training needs
  • Web platform prototype


Building the tool

The ClimateScanner tool was developed by more than 70 auditors from 18 SAIs and experts from various institutions in several rounds of online and face-to-face meetings.

After design and review, the preliminary tool was piloted and final adjustments were made, such as

  • Improvement of evaluation metrics
  • Adjustments to the scope
  • Identifying priority topics for training in 2024
  • Mapping useful documents for data collection

As a result, the ClimateScanner framework was finalized in November 2023 and presented to various stakeholders at COP-28.


Global survey: results

The ClimateScanner Global Survey, conducted by the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) in 2023, sought to understand what SAIs have been doing on climate change and what the main training needs are.

With responses from 104 SAIs, it was found that

  • More than half of these SAIs have not conducted audits with a primary focus on climate change in the last 5 years.
  • Lack of experience in applying innovative audit criteria and difficulties in accessing reliable data are cited as the main difficulties.
  • The main training needs are:
    • Use of criteria in climate change auditing (80 SAIs)
    • Climate finance (76 SAIs)
    • Climate Governance (67 SAIs)

In addition, 71% of SAIs indicated that they will need training to use ClimateScanner in 2024.

One of the objectives of the ClimateScanner is to share knowledge among SAIs and strengthen their capacity to address climate issues.


The potential of the tool

The ClimateScanner will provide a global view of the level of implementation of government mechanisms to address climate change. This will bring a number of benefits to society, such as

  • Provide high-quality information to various stakeholders, including the SAIs themselves, national governments, international organizations, and civil society.
  • Identify strengths and challenges in climate-related government policies
  • Identify priority topics for action and resource allocation
  • Engage SAIs and strengthen their capacities so they can better play their role in global climate action
  • Communicate relevant results in easy-to-understand language
  • Innovative format for SAIs to evaluate government actions, in addition to audits
  • Consolidate global results in an unprecedented scale


Next steps

The following activities are planned for 2024:

  • Global Call to ClimateScanner: high-level event to be held in March 25-26 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, inviting SAIs from around the world to use ClimateScanner.
  • Regional workshops: in-person training sessions scheduled for the second quarter to prepare SAI technical teams to conduct the evaluations.
  • National assessments: application of the ClimateScanner by SAI technical teams in national contexts between the second and third quarters.
  • Global results: Consolidate national results into a global overview and communicate results at COP 29 at the end of the year.