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Cities on Route to 2030

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Date: 17 May 2021

CDP report looking at what cities must do to build a 1.5°C aligned and resilient future

The CDP have launched their new report "Cities on the route to 2030: Building a zero emissions, resilient planet for all" showcasing the achievements from 169 disclosing European Cities. The reports looks at what these disclosing cities have delivered over the last 10 years, and looks forward to 2030, outlining what cities must do to build a 1.5°C aligned and resilient future. 

Some of the key points made in the report include:
  • City climate action is global and diverse. In the last 10 years the number of cities reporting to CDP has increased 17-fold.
  • Cities represent up to 70% of global emissions and have a vital role to play to keep climate change in check. All cities must set a science-based target, which includes an interim target. In 2020, 148 cities reported a 1.5°C aligned target.
  • Although 93% of disclosing cities report significant climate hazards currently 43% do not have an adaptation plan to tackle these hazards (but only 26% in Europe) and 1 in 4 cite budgetary barriers to adaptation action.
  • Cities must identify current and future risks to become resilient. Cities that undertake a climate risk and vulnerability assessment report 2.7x more actions and report 5.7x more long-term risks than those without.   

CDP-Graphic-2-(2).JPGSubmissions for 2021

European cities, towns and their groupings are invited to take action and disclose their climate environment data, objectives and actions on the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System before the 29th of July 2021. Participation is free, voluntary and easy. 

Links to some interesting media articles are also provided below.
The Guardian: One in four cities cannot afford climate crisis protection measures - study
Bloomberg: Cities aren't making climate investments where they matter most
Business Green: Hundreds of climate-threatened cities lack adaptation plans, CDP warns

About CDP

CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for subnational governments and companies. Over 10,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2020, including more than 9,600 companies worth over 50% of global market capitalization, and over 940 cities, states and regions — representing a combined population of over 2.6 billion. Visit or follow us @CDP to find out