The CDP recognized the City of Houston Nov. 18 as one of just 95 cities across the globe that is taking bold leadership on environmental action and transparency.
Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, the CDP selected cities making big impacts even with the continued pressures of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on local and national economies.
“Houston’s goal is to be a leader in climate action and adaptation. Obtaining an A ranking in the CDP report demonstrates through data and metrics that the City is moving in the right direction,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
“As we celebrate Houston Climate Week and reflect on the outcomes of COP26, we know we have a long way to go. However, I am encouraged by the actions we have taken to address the climate crisis.”
Designed to encourage and support cities to ramp up their climate action and ambition, CDP’s Cities A-List is based on environmental data disclosed by cities to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System.
This is Houston’s first year receiving an A. To score an A, a city must have and publicly disclose a city-wide emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target and a renewable energy target for the future, and have published a climate action plan.
A city must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards. Many A-List cities are also taking a variety of other leadership actions, including a political commitment from a city’s mayor to tackle climate change.
In 2021, less than one in ten cities scored by CDP (9.8% of such cities) received an A. A-List cities are demonstrating their climate leadership through concerted and effective action, just as national governments were asked to do at COP26.