One hundred and five cities around the world, including four in Australia, have been recognised for their climate action leadership on the Cities A-List of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a data provider for the UN’s Global Climate Action Portal. This is more than double the number recognized in the previous year.
Designed to help cities ramp up their climate action and ambition, CDP’s scoring and A List is based on data reported by over 850 cities through the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System in 2019.
Cities measure and report key environmental data including their emissions, climate-related vulnerabilities, and actions to reduce emissions and adapt to risks. They are scored ‘A’ to ‘D’ - based on completeness and quality of their data, and the level of action taken.
To score an A, a city must have a city-wide emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target, published a climate action plan, and have completed a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards now and in future, among other actions. The number of A List cities in Asia Pacific has more than doubled, and Latin American A List cities have increased nine-fold.
Australian cities which have made it to the A-List include Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.