Seeing as a key focus of the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) work is helping to turn the Baltic cities into climate-smart global leaders, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between CDP and UBC in November 2016. UBC Sustainable Cities Commission has been co-ordinating the cooperation with CDP. CDP is interested in the climate leadership that is found in the Baltic region, wishes to gain new insights, and to expand the coverage of their reporting system. The UBC, on the other hand, has an extensive network of cities looking to take action against climate change and wishes to use the state-of-the-art reporting tool provided by the CDP to gain more qualitative and comparable data for use as the basis of its work. As a result of their co-operation, both organisations, therefore, stand to gain, making it possible to achieve results that they could not achieve on their own.
Our cooperation started in the beginning of 2017 with many meetings in order to define how we were about to reach our UBC member cities and how the final report of our cities would look like. More than 570 cities reported publicly to the CDP in 2017. 128 of these cities are situated in Europe, with 57 from Northern Europe (UBC countries). In 2017, a total of 20 UBC cities, from all UBC countries, reported through the CDP reporting tool. Aarhus from Denmark. Hiiu, Jõhvi, Pärnu, Tartu from Estonia. Espoo, Helsinki, Lahti, Turku from Finland. Greifswald from Germany. Jelgava, Riga from Latvia. Siauliai from Lithuania. Arendal, Kristiansand from Norway. Gdansk, Gdynia from Poland. Malmö, Umeå, Visby from Sweden. In terms of their basic descriptors, the reporting UBC cities vary a lot in terms of profiles (size, geography etc.). The smallest city with a population around 9500 and the largest city with a population around 640 000. Among the cities there are both coastal and non-coastal cities and cities with different circumstances as it comes to closeness to water higher-altitude (126m) and lower (3m).
As the result of the reporting of these 20 active UBC cities, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission created the "Climate Leadership in the Baltic Sea Region Cities" report that was publicly launched during the XIV UBC General Conference in Växjö on 25 October 2017.
In 2018, the ambitious goal was to get up to 50 UBC cities to report to CDP. In order to reach this goal, we at the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission were spreading the word and encouraged our member cities to join the climate efforts - that matched well with UBC's Resolution on United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals, and especially with the goal of making the Baltic Sea Region more sustainable, attractive and more resilient to challenges in our environment. Sustainability elaborated through active co-operation between cities and innovative companies, third sector and citizens. We did not achieve our goal of 50 UBC cities, yet we grew the number from 20 active cities to 28 active reporting UBC cities. In October 2018, a new agreement for cooperation between UBC and CDP was made for 2019-2021.
The reporting process has been made quicker and easier for the cities who are also reporting via Covenant of Mayors, C40 and/or ICLEI's disclosure platforms. We are delighted that the reporting process has been smoother and more convenient for our member cities.
In 2019, our goal was to increase the number of UBC member cities reporting their environmental data via CDP's platform and the quality of responses submitted by our member cities. After the disclosure period, CDP shared the responses by UBC cities with us for further analysis and the report "UBC cities' adaptation actions to extreme weather events" which explored the actions that cities take on a more local perspective. Concrete example have been presented as well as some sources of inspiration. In 2019, we kept the number of reporting cities stable, with 26 UBC cities disclosing their environmental data via CDP.
Information about the 2020 reporting period will come soon! Stay tuned!
The reporting period for 2020 will be announced shortly. We will be reaching out to our contacts during the Spring regarding it. In case if your city has not received the invitation from either CDP or UBC Sustainable Cities Commission, please contact our Commission Secretariat's Network Manager jutta.makinen [at] ubc.net (Jutta Mäkinen) for further guidance on how to join the disclosure process for Your city. Also, please note that if the contact person for CDP reporting changes in Your city, please let us know so that all the log-in details and further instructions will be sent to the right persons. If you happen to have any questions regarding the technicalities or the CDP Cities Questionnaire 2019, please contact cities [at] cdp.net for guidance and further information.
CDP invities cities to join City-Business Alliance (January 2020)
Information about the Matchmaker tool (June 2019)
CDP and ICLEI: Introducing streamlined climate reporting (February 2019)
Info Package for UBC cities (updated in March 2019)
"The Power of Data: What can it do for cities?" (Source: CDP)
"Cities are harnessing the power of renewable energy" (27 February 2018, Kyra Appleby - Head of CDP Cities Program)
"UBC kicks off second year of cooperation with world's leading climate reporting organisation CDP" (5 February 2018, Jutta Mäkinen - Network Manager, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission)
Global Cities Report 2016 : Action by cities will be essential to achieving the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement – and cities will need to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change, and benefit economically and socially from a low carbon environment.
Guidance for Cities - CDP : preview the Questionnaire for 2018, find the Guidance Documents (available from March 2018)