Barcelona, Murcia and Vitoria, among the 33 European cities that make the most effort to reduce their emissions, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
The cities of Barcelona, Murcia and Vitoria are among the 33 European cities and the 88 in the world with the best score for efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and fight against climate change, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
The 2020 A List drawn up by the non-profit organization CDP includes cities that have shown great progress in adaptation and resilience to climate change since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015, demonstrating the undertaking impactful and urgent actions.
Denmark is the country with the most cities on CDP’s 2020 A-List (6), followed by Sweden (5), Finland (4) and Spain like Portugal With 3).
Among the European cities on the list are Copenhagen, Espoo, Helsinki, Lahti,Lund, Paris Y Port, according to a CDP statement. Also Bærum Kommune (Norway), Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Bristol Council (all in the UK), Athens and Berlin.
The 33 European cities featured in the study account for around 5% of the European population, which shows great progress since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, according to CDP.
in 2015, 60% of the cities on the A 2020 List in Europe they had no goals set emissions reduction. Currently, the 33 on the list have them. Also, I amlo 9% (3/33) of European cities on the A 2020 List had emission neutrality targets in 2015, compared to 42% (14/33) this year.
Cities, according to CDP, have made progress in fight against climate changeThus, in 2015, only one out of every five European cities on the list disclosed adaptation plans to the impacts of climate change, compared to the current 33.
Despite the situation caused by COVID-19, and39% of European cities are new to this year’s ranking, including, Munich, Porto, Zurich, Helsinki, Florence and Copenhagen.
The case of Barcelona
In the fight against the impacts of climate change, Barcelona aims to increase by 5 the local solar power generation by 2030, with the installation of solar systems in buildings, In addition, it is increasing the construction of green spaces, as well as the green roof installation, climatic shelters and increasing the permeability of the land to capture and save rainwater, among others.
It is also promoting sustainable mobility with more spaces for pedestrians, the expansion of the network of bike lanes and buses and more infrastructure for electric vehicles and works on the establishment of low emission zones which will cover more than 95 square kilometers.
The Minister for Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of the Barcelona City Council, Eloi Badia Casas, has pointed out that “the Cities have a responsibility to protect their citizens from environmental crises now and in the future. Through its scoring system, CDP encourages cities to disclose impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce negative impacts.”
Among other aspects, according to CDP, the cities included in the ranking are advancing in renewable energies, and ten European cities are working on achieving that its energy is 100% renewable in 2050. Currently, Copenhagen, Turku (Finland) and Stockholm have already achieved 50% or more of this goal.
The director of Political Engagement at CDP Europe, Mirjam Wolfrum, has assured that “European cities are the driving force to achieve a climate neutral in the EU in 2050 and to reach the EU emission reduction target in 2030.
“We praise the 33 European cities from the A List of CDP cities for its transparency and its actions to urgently build resilience and reduce its emissions, reinforcing its commitment to the Paris Agreement”, he said.
To be listed on List A, a city must publicly disclose your data and have a emissions inventory of the entire city, having established a emission reduction target and published a climate action plan.
Also, have completed a climate risk and vulnerability assessment, and have completed a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will address climate risks now and in the future, among other actions.
CDP is an NGO that encourages governments and companies to reduce their GHG emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests and one of the founding members of the We Mean Business Coalition.
In 2019, more than 830 cities disclosed their data compared to 43 in 2011. Additionally, more than 9,600 companies with more than 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2020.