Thursday August 4th2016

 

CDP announces a big rise in the number of cities sharing climate data since the Paris Agreement was adopted. A record number of cities are now measuring and disclosing environmental data on an annual basis in order to manage emissions, build resilience, and protect themselves from the growing impacts of climate change.

 

533 cities globally representing 621 million citizens reported the actions they’re taking on climate to the non-profit CDP this year, a rise of 70% from 2015.

 

So far the story has been picked up by Reuters, Yahoo, Business Insider and the Daily Mail.

 

Here is the press release.

 

It’s a positive sign that more cities around the world are taking climate change seriously, and using this opportunity to share information about how they are tackling it through CDP’s global disclosure platform.

 

Key points are:

 

  • Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement 70% more cities are sharing their climate change strategies through CDP. In total 533 cities shared data this year.

 

  • An increasing number and proportion of cities are measuring their emissions. Only 1 in 10 did so back in 2011, when CDP’s cities program first began, now 4 in 10 cities tell us they do. This is an important first step for any organisation looking to manage its climate impacts and set targets to cut emissions. We’ve created a map of the reported emissions on our open data portal.

 

  • In North America there has been a 72% increase to 131 cities using CDP’s disclosure platform. Twenty-eight of the top 30 US cities by population now disclose to CDP, representing 38 million people.  Disclosure by Canadian cities doubled in 2016 aided by a commitment from Canadian Big City Mayors to disclose to CDP as part of efforts to cut emissions.

 

In other regions:

 

  • Latin America saw a 66% increase in cities disclosing, with 136 cities sharing data this year. Over half of these cities are in Brazil, including hosts of this year’s Olympics, Rio de Janeiro who are disclosing for the fifth time through CDP.

 

  • Europe has had an 83% increase in cities reporting, to 126 across 32 countries. Many cities across Eastern Europe are reporting for the first time.

 

  • The Asia-Pacific region has seen a rise of nearly a third since 2015 and includes first -time disclosers such as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city, Guangzhou, one of China’s most populous cities, and Bangalore and Kolkata.

 

  • There’s been a four-fold increase in cities across Africa sharing data, bringing the total number to 46. Some of the first-time participants are from the least developed nations on the continent.

 

 

You can see the full list of participating cities here. The asterisk next to a city’s name denotes that it’s a first-time participant.

 

It would be wonderful to have your support in amplifying this through social media.

 

Please tweet at any of the cities you see on this list who participated for the first time as we’d like to give them additional recognition. Sample tweet for a new city:

 

Congratulations to [INSERT CITY] for joining over 500 global cities reporting climate data to @CDP http://ow.ly/pArY302SLxC #CDPcities

 

I’ve attached some Twitter cards in case you would like to use for promotion.

 

Suggested tweets

 

Is this the #ParisAgreement effect? 500+ cities are now sharing their climate strategies through @CDP  #CDPcities [attach cities 1st time Twitter card]

 

Over +500 cities are now sharing vital data on #ClimateAction through @CDP http://ow.ly/pArY302SLxC #CDPcities [attach cities stats Twitter card]

 

#ClimateAction goes global: @CDP  sees huge jump in African cities sharing climate strategies #CDPcities [add Africa map Twitter card]