UBC cities continue as transparent climate leaders in the Baltic Sea Region

Back in 2016, UBC and CDP agreed upon collaboration between the two organizations with the first cooperation activities taking place in spring 2017. As a result, UBC doubled the number of cities reporting to CDP from 6 to 20. This year, the number of the cities disclosing to CDP grew to 28 in despite of the busiest holiday season.

UBC and CDP aim to increase the number of Baltic Sea Region cities using systematic reporting of their climate change related actions and UBC’s role in the cooperation with CDP has been one of facilitator between the member cities and CDP. The campaigns have proven to be effective and as such, more transparent environmental data has been disclosed – strengthening the status of cities in the Baltic Sea Region as smart climate leaders also from a global perspective.

Overall, 28 UBC cities disclosed to CDP during this summer, growing the number from 20 disclosing cities to 28 cities. Many cities continued the disclosure process they had started in 2017 but also first-time disclosers joined to report their climate data and actions via CDP Cities Questionnaire 2018.    

As a result, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission is aiming to publish a report later this autumn with some new findings on climate leadership. Also, UBC Executive Board will be discussing continuing cooperation with CDP regarding a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 2019-2021 in October.

List of UBC cities/ municipalities that disclosed in spring/summer 2018:

  • Arendal, Norway
  • Espoo, Finland
  • Gdansk, Poland
  • Gdynia, Poland
  • Greifswald, Germany
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Jelgava, Latvia
  • Karlskrona, Sweden
  • Kemi, Finland
  • Kristiansand, Norway
  • Lahti, Finland
  • Liepaja, Latvia
  • Linköping, Sweden
  • Malmö, Sweden  
  • Panevėžys, Lithuania
  • Pärnu, Estonia 
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Rostock, Germany
  • Sillamäe, Estonia
  • Šiauliai, Lithuania
  • Tartu, Estonia
  • Tauragė, Lithuania
  • Trelleborg, Sweden
  • Turku, Finland
  • Umeå, Sweden
  • Visby, Sweden
  • Växjö, Sweden
  • Örebro, Sweden

UBC Sustainable Cities Commission would like to thank all responding member cities for cooperation during the summer holiday season.

Find out more about UBC-CDP cooperation here: http://www.ubc-sustainable.net/cooperation-cdp

Text: Kristiina Paju, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Image: rawpixel on unsplash (www.unsplash.com)