CDP, the global leader in climate disclosure and Climate-KIC partner, is this week spotlighting the role of cities as climate leaders, as Climate Week NYC—an event celebrating global climate action—gets underway.
Cities are home to over 50 per cent of the world’s population and are responsible for 75 per cent of GHG emissions, and it is in the cities, that the battle against climate change will be won or lost.
As part of this spotlight on cities, CDP has launched an upbeat video, entitled Progress, following 7,000 city mayors who’ve vowed to tackle climate change — from London to Chicago, Adelaide, and Rio de Janeiro, showing what it takes to build a low carbon future.
CDP’s Open Portal: Data on climate action
CDP, which helps companies measure and understand their environmental impact, has seen a ten-fold increase in the number of cities disclosing their activity over the last six years, with a 20-fold increase in the number of climate actions underway. The new data from nearly 600 global cities has found that around 8,000 actions are being taken.
Kyra Appleby, Head of CDP Cities said:
“From investments in renewable energy, low carbon transport, green spaces, and more, we’re seeing hundreds of cities transitioning to a new sustainable economy. Cities are in action and are creating good jobs, improving public health, boosting tourism, and attracting the innovative industries of the future… Together, we’re making progress.”
Information from nearly 600 cities is now available on CDP’s Open Data Portal. In the belief that information is the key to meaningful action, the Open Data Portal is packed full of charts, graphs, and maps on who’s tackling climate change, and more.
Find out which cities are building a sustainable economy here.
Climate Week NYC runs from September 18th to the 24th.