Boulder County Recognized as International Climate Leader on CDP 2021 A List
County receives top climate action score from environmental impact nonprofit CDP
Boulder County, CO âBoulder County was recognized by the CDP as one of the 95 cities and counties of the worldâ¯take bold leadership in environmental action and transparency. Boulder County earned an A, the highest score in the CDP. Only 9.8% of cities and counties that were rated in 2021 received an A.
To get an A, a city or county must publicly disclose an emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target and a renewable energy target, and have published a climate action plan. It must also carry out a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards.
âMeasuring, understanding and disclosing our environmental impact is an essential first step in designing policies and initiatives that affect climate,â said Susie Strife, Director of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience at the Boulder County. “We still need major systems changes, but the tracking and transparency allows Boulder County to manage climate risk and launch ambitious new initiatives, like innovation in carbon dioxide removal,” that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce carbon. “
The CDP City List is based on environmental data disclosed by cities and counties to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System. For the first time, over 1,000 cities and counties report their environmental impact through CDP in 2021. Meanwhile, 965 cities received a rating for their climate action from CDP in 2021, a substantial increase from the 591 cities rated. in 2020.
Click here for the full list of CDP 2021 List A cities.
CDP is a global, non-profit organization that manages the global environmental disclosure system for businesses, cities, states and regions. Founded in 2000 and working with more than 590 investors with more than $ 110 trillion in assets, CDP was the first to use capital markets and corporate purchasing to motivate companies to disclose their environmental impacts, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, preserve water resources and protect forests.
More than 14,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2021, including more than 13,000 companies representing more than 64% of the global market capitalization and more than 1,100 cities, states and regions. CDP is a founding member of the Science Based Targets initiative, the We Mean Business Coalition, The Investor Agenda and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.
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