Global environmental non-profit CDP has announced the 88 global cities leading on environmental action and transparency during 2020, despite the pressures of tackling Covid-19.
Cities on the list include Bristol (UK), Miami (USA), Cape Town (South Africa), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Auckland (New Zealand).
The 88 cities on the 2020 CDP Cities A List have received the highest rating for both their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Together, they are setting an example of environmental action that we urgently need other cities and national governments to follow if emissions are to rapidly decline, to safeguard the planet, economy and citizens, and put us on the right track ahead of COP26.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 34% of cities are new to this year’s A List. New leaders across the globe include Newcastle (UK), Louisville KY (USA), Firenze, (Italy) and Municipalidad de Peñalolén (Chile).
These cities and others on the 2020 A List are working to become resilient, healthy and prosperous places to live and work while cutting emissions and rapidly building resilience against the climate crisis.
National governments too, from the UK to South Korea, have been ramping up their environmental ambition, submitting new and renewed commitments to rapidly cut emissions ahead of COP26.
Beacons of hope
The USA accounts for the highest number (25) of cities on the A List, making up 28%. This is despite the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement on 04 November 2020.
US cities on the list include Park City, San Luis Obispo and West Palm Beach.
The 2020 A List are also making headway on renewable energy targets, with 26 cities working to be powered by 100% renewables by 2050 or earlier.
Eight cities, including Copenhagen, Stockholm and San Francisco have achieved 50% or more of their targets.
Getting on the A List
Designed to drive and support cities to ramp up their climate action and ambition, CDP’s A List is based on environmental data disclosed by hundreds of cities through the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System in 2020.
To score an A, a city must disclose publicly and have a city-wide emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target, published a climate action plan.
It must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have completed a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards now and, in the future, among other actions.