Climate change program guidance

Timeline 2016

The timeline depends on how you have been requested to respond to CDP.

  • Requested by investors only
    Companies receive the request in early February and must submit entirely by June 30.
  • Requested by both investors and customers (see supply chain program)
    Companies receive the investor request in early February, and the supply chain request in early April. The main questionnaire must be submitted by June 30 and supply chain module by July 28.
    Follow the step-by-step guide to submit both CDP climate change and CDP supply Chain questionnaires. (forthcoming February 2016)


The questionnaire is divided into several sections in order to fully understand the actions your company is undertaking to mitigate climate change risks.

Reporting Guidance

This document explains each question in detail and includes what information to provide, the required format, and where to find tools or further information to construct your answer.

Responder pack

This includes the questionnaire, drafting word document, main guidance, scoring methodology, roadmap, and ORS guidance.

  • Download the Climate Change responder pack  (forthcoming February 2016)

CDP's sector focus

Discover how CDP seeks to increase and tailor disclosure from companies in high impact sectors to gather insight into their environmental performance.
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Guidance on responding

Climate Change Reporting Guidance 2016
This explains each question in detail and includes what information to provide, the required format, and where to find tools or further information to construct your answer.

Changes Document for 2016
An outline of major changes in the climate change questionnaire, scoring, and guidance.

Climate Change Drafting Document (zip).
This document is solely for the purpose of drafting a response to CDP's 2016 climate change questionnaire. Your final response to CDP must be entered via the CDP Online Response System (ORS).

Forthcoming February 2016:

Using CDP's Online Response System (ORS) 
How to activate, log in, and use the ORS, including common problems and solutions.
Watch a recorded webinar on using the ORS

RE100 Campaign Reporting Guidance 
Information for companies reporting to the RE100 campaign.

Company Guidance on Carbon Action 
Information for companies requested to respond to CDP's Carbon Action initiative.

Climate Change Reporting Roadmap
A guide to help responders to move from a basic response towards complete disclosure.

Guidance for First Time Responders 
A document to help new responders submit information to CDP.

CDP Amendments Policy
Please check your response before submitting. Read this page if you need to amend your respond after you have submitted

CDP climate change guidance 2015 (for reference only)


2015 Scoring information (to be updated February 2016)

Scoring methodology 2015
Question-level information on disclosure and performance scoring methodology for the Climate Change questionnaire.

Introduction to Climate Change Scoring
Webinar recording

How to use the Scoring Methodology
Webinar recording

CDP Scoring: the decision making process
Webinar recording

Score Categories
Explanation of the score feedback categories

Scoring Appeal Policy

Amendments Rescore Policy

Conflict of Interest Policy

CDP works with RepRisk to verify ESG risk data for the leadership indices
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Guidance webinars

    There are currently no upcoming live webinars.

Recorded guidance webinars​

How to calculate your greenhouse gas emissions | Download notes

How to set a carbon reduction target | Download notes

Introduction to Climate Change Disclosure Webinar | Download notes

Constructing Your Response Webinar | Download notes

Explaining the Terminology Webinar | Download notes

Risks and Opportunities Webinar | Download notes

Accounting, Boundaries and Scopes Webinar | Download notes​​​​​​

Sector modules

Depending on your sector you may also be presented with a sector spec​ific module. It is also possible to opt in voluntarily at CC0.6.

Oil and Gas Questionnaire | Guidance 

Electric Utilities Questionnaire | Guidance

Auto & Auto Component Manufacturer Questionnaire | Guidance

Information & Communications Technology Questionnaire | Guidance |

Food, Beverage & Tobacco Questionnaire | Guidance


Technical notes

Reporting Science-Based Targets
Special Conditions for Reporting Scope 1 Emissions
Accounting of Scope 2 Emissions 2016 
Scope 3 Category 11 Emissions Guidance for Coal Companies
Scope 3 Category 11 Emissions Guidance for Oil and Gas Companies
Download the Worksheet for Question CC7.4 (zip)
Fuel Definitions
Conversion of Fuel Data to MWh
Units of Measure Conversions
Guidance for companies with coal reserves
Country and Regions
Retirement vs Cancellation of Instruments  
Glossary of Terms


Verification guidance

Verification FAQs

Read about CDP's approach to verification

View verification standards accepted or rejected for CDP reporting

CDP Verification Template 2016 (forthcoming January 2016)

CDP Response Check

You can avoid mistakes in your response by using our Response Check service.

Our Response Check service picks up issues that may affect your score, or problems with the information you are presenting to your stakeholders. Find out more ».

Arrange your Response Check with our accredited consultancy partners by emailing


Alignment with other reporting initiatives

Linking up GRI and CDP
A document jointly produced by CDP and GRI to show the linkages between CDP's 2015 climate change questionnaire and GRI’s G4 guidelines to assist companies with their response.

Aligning the Dow Jones Sustainability Index with CDP
In 2013, RobecoSAM, the company behind the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), produced with S&P Dow Jones Indices, aligned its climate strategy questions with a subset of CDP’s climate change questions. The questions will remain aligned in 2015.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Further sources of help

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