London receives ‘A’ grade

CDP has released a list of the 43 global cities that can be regarded as possessing climate leadership.

Barcelona, London, Paris, Cape Town, Hong Kong and San Francisco are among just 7 per cent of cities reporting to CDP that have received the top accolade.
Kyra Appleby, Global Director for Cities, States and Regions at CDP said: “Cities house more than half of the world's population and are responsible for over 70 per cent of the world's energy-related carbon emissions, so they could make or break efforts to tackle climate change.”

Over 625 cities reported through CDP’s environmental disclosure platform in 2018 (of which 596 were scored)and have been awarded an ‘A’ to ‘D-’ score based on how effectively they are managing, measuring and tackling greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate-related risks including water security.

An ‘A’ score through CDP means a city that has demonstrated strong climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, and consistently tracks its emissions – an example of which is the introduction of the ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ) in London.

This is the first time CDP has released a list of cities awarded an A in a bid to drive up ambition in the face of the growing urgency of the climate challenge.

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