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 590 investors with over $110 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 14,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2021, including more than 13,000 companies worth over 64% of global market capitalization, and over 1,200 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:
- Ability to participate in several global environmental projects and initiatives such as the Global Covenant of Mayors, as well as other initiatives offered by our partners ICLEI and C40 as well as UNFCCC’s Cities Race to Zero and Cities Race to Resilience.
- Gain insight and feedback on your city’s climate action and response through CDP scoring.
- 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 1,000+ cities, 130+ states and regions, and 13,000+ companies on the 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.
- 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 2022 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 2022
The 2022 CDP reporting platform is open between April and August! We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2022 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 citiesEMEA@cdp.net or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB! In order for your disclosed data to be assessed by the CDP please disclose it within the set period. The platform would be, nevertheless, open for disclosure until the end of the year, and disclosed cities would be included in the UBC-CDP annual report.
This year, the CDP-ICLEI Track reporting offers a streamlined Cities Questionnaire with the number of questions reduced by over 60% from previous years.
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 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.
- Cities A List – The list of top performing cities according to CDP
- Q&A Live Session 10 June 2021 - rewatch the Session!
- Cities on the route to 2030 - Building a zero emissions, resilient planet for all (a CDP report, May 2021)
- Getting Started with the CDP and ICLEI Unified Reporting System- webinar — recording
- CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System: What's new this year — recording
- The climate leadership journey: CDP scores — recording
- Key tips for the UBC cities regarding CDP reporting from Lahti, Riga and Tartu
- Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessments in cities
- Cities Lead The Race to Zero webinar recording
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.