Global Megacities to Report on Climate Change Data

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is once again partnering with C40 to provide the preferred reporting platform among global cities for climate change related data.

The two organizations announced yesterday the second annual disclosure cycle of the CDP Cities program, which will result in a report to be published in June 2012, in time for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

The first such report, in which 42 of 58 C40 Cities publically disclosed their greenhouse gas emissions and climate risk data using a consistent platform, was released at the C40 Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo earlier this year. It has since been widely referenced as an invaluable resource for mayors, urban planners and policymakers at all levels of governments, as well as for carbon investors.

Now, CDP and C40 are expanding this effort by inviting 140 of the world’s most populated cities to report– and by adding water use and water risks to the original reporting areas. CDP will be hosting webinars on November 8 and 17 for city governments both new and returning to the program.

C40 Chair Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had this to say of the latest effort:

“Good management depends on good data. Annual reporting on emissions and climate change strategies empowers individual cities to assess past -- and target future -- climate actions. At the same time, the collective progress and impact that is demonstrated truly bolsters the role of cities in international climate mitigation efforts.

“When C40 helped to launch the CDP Cities program last year, more than 70 percent of C40 Cities participated; this year, we are aiming for 100 percent participation. I encourage all cities invited to join this effort, as it is a critical step in addressing the climate risks and impacts we face, both now and in the future.”

For more information, read the full press release here or visit the CDP website.