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Denver Among Leading Group of Cities Scored ‘A’ On Climate Leadership

  • Denver scores top grade on climate action from environment impact non-profit CDP.
  • Just 7% of cities who reported their environmental data through CDP in 2018 received an A.
  • CDP is publishing its list of A List Cities for the first time in a bid to drive climate ambition and strong action.

DENVER – Denver has been highlighted as a global leader on climate action by environmental impact non-profit CDP, achieving a place on CDP’s Cities A List.

Every year, more than 600 cities report their climate data through CDP’s environmental disclosure platform and in doing so demonstrate strong action, transparency and ambition. All publicly disclosed data is made available on CDP’s Open Data Portal. 

Reporting through CDP allows cities to set targets, embed strong climate action and address risk to citizens, businesses and infrastructure. Denver has been recognized as a leader for its actions in the last reporting year to develop robust climate change strategies, track and act to limit and reduce emissions, assess and mitigate climate risks, and transparently report this information in its 2018 disclosure to CDP.

“We believe in the science, and Climate Change is one of the largest threats to our communities. This is fundamentally an equity issue and the time to act on Climate Change is now, that’s why we are addressing it head on,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Through local actions, we have committed to reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2050, moving to 100% renewable electricity community-wide by 2030, electrifying our fleet, and working with Bloomberg philanthropies to reduce emissions for transportation across the city.” 

In 2018, over 625 cities reported through CDP and gained data-driven insights into gaps and opportunities for climate policy-development, resource and risk management and signalled projects in need of investment.

The City and County of Denver put together a thorough and wide-ranging strategy to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from a 2005 baseline by 2050, and is currently implementing a number of the strategies outlined in the city’s Climate Action Plan. In 2019, the city won the Bloomberg Climate Cities Challenge to accelerate its climate goals on transportation. In addition, Denver has signed on to the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda, Global Covenant of Mayors, and the We Are Still In pledge. You can find more information on Denver’s efforts on its Climate Action webpage.

For the first time, CDP is publishing its Cities A List to showcase climate leadership and encourage more cities to accelerate their climate action. In 2018, CDP has scored cities from A to D- based on their disclosure, for how effectively they are managing, measuring and tackling greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate risks.

Kyra Appleby, Global Director for Cities, States and Regions at CDP, said, “Cities simply cannot manage what they don’t measure, and environmental disclosure represents a crucial component of strong climate action. Just 7% of cities that reported their climate data to CDP in 2018 scored an A. I would like to congratulate Denver, which has demonstrated its leadership on the world stage and its commitment to tackle climate change and protect its citizens.”

Through publicly reporting their climate data, cities on CDP’s A List provide a blueprint for cities worldwide to reduce emissions and build climate resilience. The latest IPCC science shows us that the world is not on track to limit warming to 1.5°C, beyond which even half a degree will heighten the risk of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

Evidence from a 2018 UN report supports the need for cities to step up their action to bolster national ambition. The report states that non-state actors contribute to climate action even beyond their own quantified emissions-reductions through building confidence in national targets, providing good practice examples and assisting in national climate plan formulation. Strong subnational data also helps national governments to better understand local climate action and facilitates national planning.

The full list of cities that made this year’s CDP’s Cities A List is available here.

CDP assesses cities based on the information they provide in their response. CDP gives cities an overall score based on their awareness and management of environmental risks and their demonstration of best practices associated with environmental leadership, such as setting ambitious and meaningful targets and carrying out vulnerability assessments.

Note to editors
A description of the scoring methodology for the Cities A List is available on CDP’s website.

A total of 596 cities were scored out of the 630 who reported to CDP in 2018. These cities all reported before the deadline.

About CDP
CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Over 750 cities, states and regions disclosed data through CDP in 2018. This is in addition to the 7,000 companies who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how cities, subnational governments and companies are driving environmental change. Visit or follow us @CDP to find out more.