Recognizing that climate change will exacerbate the existing urban environmental management challenges in cities, UBC has committed to cooperate with CDP on regular and comprehensive measuring of cities’ climate footprints and actions. It is very important for cities to have reliable and effective tools for regular monitoring of progress, benchmarking and managing positive transformation towards their climate goals where necessary.
UBC aims to involve more member cities and encourage them to regular disclosure of their climate data, and to support stronger climate adaptation and mitigation efforts on the local level.
— Agnieszka Ilola, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission
What is CDP and its work with cities?
CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions. Founded in 2000 and working with more than 680 investors with over $130 trillion in assets, CDP pioneered using capital markets and corporate procurement to motivate companies to disclose their environmental impacts, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.
Over 20,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2022, including more than 18,700 companies, and over 1,100 cities, states and regions. CDP is a founding member of the Science Based Targets initiative, We Mean Business Coalition, The Investor Agenda and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.
Why should I participate and report our city's climate change data through CDP?
Through CDP, cities can measure, monitor, and manage their impacts on their environment and access networks and shared information from cities all over the world. The main benefits of reporting through us include:
- CDP-ICLEI Track is the one-stop shop for environmental reporting, allowing your local government to participate in several global and regional projects and initiatives. These include the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCOM), ICLEI's GreenClimateCities Program, EcoMobility, EcoLogistics, 100% Renewable Energy campaigns, WWF’s One Planet City Challenge as well as UNFCCC's Cities Race to Zero, Cities Race to Resilience and NetZeroCities.
- Gain insight and feedback on your city’s climate action and response through CDP scoring. CDP will evaluate your data and provide you with a CDP score to indicate your performance across climate change adaptation, mitigation and transparency. CDP celebrates the highest scoring cities on its annual A-List campaign. This supports transparency towards citizens and can improve your reputation with investors.
- Receive free support and training through individual support calls, webinars and guidance materials to learn international best practice and improve your city's climate efforts.
- Receive direct support to improve and update your city’s climate target so that it is 1.5° aligned.
- Compile all your environmental data in one place.
- Track your city's sustainability and climate efforts annually.
- Access data from 1000+ cities on the CDP Open Data Portal. This is a valuable resource where your city can view the actions of other cities and benchmark your progress over time against your peers.
- The 2023 CDP Cities Questionnaire is aligned with the global standard of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Reporting publicly through CDP-ICLEI Track can help you meet financial disclosure responsibilities and attract climate finance.
- Have your city’s climate action featured on our website and in our media campaigns.
Is there a minimum amount of data that needs to be reported?
There is no minimum amount of data that needs to be reported and the response is completely voluntary at all stages. However, if your city is committed to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, certain requirements should be met. In order to pass the lowest scoring band of ‘disclosure’ according to CDPs scoring methodology, you must provide a fairly complete response to the Cities Questionnaire.
What type of information is requested by CDP?
The Cities Questionnaire requests qualitative and quantitative environmental data for the following themes:
- Climate hazards, Adaptation
- City-wide Emissions
- Emissions reduction, Opportunities
- Local Government Emissions
- Energy, Buildings, Transport
- Urban Planning
- Food, Waste
- Water security
Detailed information on each section and question can be found in the 2023 Cities reporting guidance.
What happens to our data once we report?
CDP offers all participating cities tools and detailed feedback on their score to urge them to improve year on year. Cities are expected to provide a reasonably complete response overall in order to be scored accurately. CDP and ICLEI will both use self-reported local and regional government data to provide robust analysis - collaboratively or independently - of the climate actions being taken at the subnational level across the world. CDP use this data to produce city scores, analytics, snapshot reports, and feedback for local and regional governments on their score. CDP also makes publicly reported data available on its website and through its Open Data Portal. This allows local and regional governments to monitor their progress against their peers worldwide.
REPORTING PERIOD 2023
The 2023 CDP reporting platform has opened in the beginning of April! We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2023 reporting cycle and invite local authorities to share their climate and environmental data. If you have any questions about reporting or CDP scores, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Your data disclosed during the previous years as a response for the questions unchanged in 2023 cities questionnaire would be pre-filled and you could amend the data if needed. In order for your disclosed data to be assessed by the CDP please disclose it till July 26.
By reporting through CDP-ICLEI track your cities gets an opportunity to receive the following benefits:
- Report just once for all your commitments
- Join the Races
- Get comprehensive support to guide and improve your climate actions
- Receive science-based climate target support
- Attract finance
- Identify data gaps and benchmark progress
- Get a badge to showcase your climate action
By reporting your local climate and environmental action through CDP-ICLEI Track, your jurisdiction will be one of over 1000 climate-ambitious local governments, leading the way in climate and environmental action and transparency.
UBC-CDP COOPERATION REPORTS
UBC has been preparing annual reports from the data UBC cities have submitted to CDP with their permission and covered different topics to showcase the best practices in the Baltic Sea Region.
- CDP report 2022 within the UBC SCC Annual report 2022
- CDP report 2021: UBC cities on the path to the climate goals 2030
- CDP report 2020: Scaling up for the next decade
- CDP report 2019: UBC cities' adaptation actions to extreme weather events
- CDP report 2018: Glocal perspective on the UBC cities' work with climate change mitigation and adaptation
- CDP report 2017: Climate Leadership from the Baltic Sea Region Cities
USEFUL RESOURCES AND INSPIRATION
So that you can find all the relevant materials and inspiration for starting or continuing your city's reporting process, an array of materials has been gathered to help you.
- 2023 Cities reporting guidance
- Cities A List – The list of top-performing cities according to CDP
- Video guide: Up to speed with reporting in CDP-ICLEI Track
- Q&A Live Session 10 June 2021 - rewatch the Session!
- CDP Cities Recording of Webinars
- CDP Cities Upcoming Webinars
- Cities Questionnaire Video Tutorials
Find more inspirational materials.
COOPERATION IN PREVIOUS YEARS
Interested to learn more about UBC-CDP cooperation during the previous years? Explore the CDP reporting journey from 2017 to 2021.