Through CDP, cities around the world are measuring, monitoring and managing their impact on the environment.

Over the past five years, CDP has worked with over 300 cities to manage over 1.67 billion metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. CDP’s cities program demonstrates that cities are better managing their risk and increasing resiliency through more than 4,800 activities to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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  • Benefits of responding: Identify opportunities


    Participating in CDP cities showed us the importance of managing our carbon footprint as an opportunity to seek more efficient and economic processes financially, socially and environmentally, highlighting some paths such as energy efficiency, investments in green technologies, transforming risks into opportunities, changing lifestyles and consumption patterns.

    Belo Horizonte

  • Benefits of responding: Tracking and analysis


    CDP has given us a systematic in depth [look at the] status of our climate policy. It has enabled us to gather updated information within our city government. At the same time it has highlighted the importance of our GHG inventories and thus inspired us to develop it further.


  • Benefits of responding: City–to-city learning


    Singapore's success and prosperity depends on being able to overcome the challenges of climate change and to grasp the opportunities it presents. Our participation in CDP gave us a platform and opportunity to learn and share best practices across cities in climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience.


  • Benefits of responding: Visibility


    CDP reporting provides an understandable structure of sustainability indicators with regards to emissions and climate change resilience activities. More than just an inventory, the reporting also provides a public communication tool that broadens the reach of our efforts for public environmental education.


Can cities quit fossil fuels?

Global Cities Report 2015 - click below to view the full infographic. Click here to view the full list of 2015 responders.

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Data measurement plays a critical role in sound management, but for too long has been largely missing from the fight against climate change. Together with C40, CDP is changing that and helping cities around the world to reduce their carbon footprints. Given Bloomberg Philanthropies' own commitment to using data to measure and manage problems, and to the issue of climate change, this partnership is a perfect fit.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

Three-term Mayor of New York City and the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change


Tonnes of emissions (C02e)

Over 2 billion tonnes of emissions (C02e) were reported for all responding cities.


Cities disclosed

533 cities disclosed to the CDP’s cities program


People protected

621,374,246 people are being protected by cities that are taking the lead on climate adaptation.


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