CDP, the non-profit which runs the environmental reporting system for firms, cities, states and areas and ICLEI, a world community of two,500 cities, cities and areas, are launching a revamped questionnaire for cities to report on their local weather motion progress.
CDP has supplied its Unified Reporting System to cities since 2019. The brand new questionnaire is extra streamlined and carefully aligned to the wants of capital markets and can change its title to CDP-ICLEI Observe.
The platform tracked the local weather motion progress of 1,100 cities in 2021, supported by partnerships with different international organisations reminiscent of C40 Cities, the International Covenant of Mayors and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The brand new questionnaire, will observe cities’ progress for the UN-backed local weather campaigns, Race to Zero and Race to Resilience, which carry cities, companies and traders collectively to create a zero-carbon future.
The questionnaire may even present knowledge for the International Stocktake, a purpose-driven and evidence-focused mechanism serving to non-party stakeholders implement the targets of the Paris Settlement.
The brand new questionnaire refines the info assortment course of to concentrate on key standards – and particularly what tangible motion is being taken by cities – on local weather change mitigation and adaptation, and tracks progress in areas reminiscent of science-based targets and funding (to supply higher insights into the finance hole going through cities).
Cities will now obtain a tailor-made, shorter questionnaire, based mostly on their explicit traits, reminiscent of inhabitants or greenhouse gasoline emissions per capita. As local weather motion and dangers look totally different for particular person cities, the up to date questionnaire offers three pathways of questions for cities based mostly on their particular scenario.
“Sitting on the entrance line of local weather change, cities are a central piece of the puzzle to tackling and mitigating towards its results”
A concentrate on local weather governance, metropolis planning, targets and different key metrics, like public well being, water safety and meals, are embedded all through the questionnaire, giving cities an opportunity to indicate their motion in these areas.
“Cop26 clearly highlighted the necessity for instant and pressing local weather motion for all to see. Sitting on the entrance line of local weather change, cities are a central piece of the puzzle to tackling and mitigating towards its results,” mentioned Kyra Appleby, CDP international director of cities, states and areas.
She added: “Local weather reporting has by no means been extra vital to this herculean job. It helps cities perceive what motion they need to take to maintain their space, folks and infrastructure protected; entry finance for his or her local weather initiatives; and implement the targets of the Paris Settlement. We’re happy with our distinctive partnerships that assist allow this.
“The brand new cities questionnaire on CDP-ICLEI Observe focuses squarely on motion in key areas, from vitality to resilience. It carefully aligns our knowledge with the wants of capital markets, as they deepen their curiosity within the pivotal position cities play in combatting local weather change, and continues to boost its high quality and relevance in a fast-changing surroundings.”