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Wealthier, healthier cities emerge from climate change initiatives

Pressmeddelande   •   Jun 24, 2013 11:34 CEST

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CDP: Catherine von Altheer // communications manager // + 44 (0) 20 7970 5682 // +44 7794 003 903
AECOM: Paul Dickard // Vice president, corporate/external communications // +1  646 432 8473 

While national governments struggle to establish an agreed global climate deal, many of the world’s largest cities have been taking action to combat the effects of a changing climate.  As a result, these cities are cutting their carbon footprint, reporting annual energy savings of up to US$13 million, and their residents are benefitting from healthier living and better business environments.  These and other findings are published today in a new report from CDP.

Wealthier, healthier cities, uses analysis by AECOM, and is presented together with CDP’s long-standing partner, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40).  The report is based on the carbon and water strategies disclosed through CDP’s cities program by 110 urban areas including Stockholm, a C40 city.  It shows that savings from improved energy efficiency dominate the advantages that cities are capitalizing on as they respond to climate change and related impacts such as rising energy costs, with nine cities reporting collective savings of c. US$40 million.  One of every two actions that cities are taking to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions produced by their municipal operations is dedicated to increasing efficiency. 

Further, the initiatives that cities are taking to reduce emissions across their cities are likely to boost the economy, with 62% of these actions having the potential to attract new business investment.  Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city, has already seen the emergence of new industries related to clean technology, including electric and ethanol powered vehicles.  Greater Manchester, one of the UK’s largest urban areas, has seen its low-carbon and environmental goods sector grow 4%, despite the ongoing recession in the UK. 

CDP is an NGO providing cities, companies and investors with the only global environmental disclosure system, driving corporate and government action to transition to sustainable economies.  Conor Riffle, head of CDP’s cities program says: “Cities are hotbeds of innovation, and local governments have been quick to implement many new ways to combat and adapt to climate change and resource scarcity.  These leading cities are enjoying multiple paybacks for their economies and communities.  National governments should pay close attention.”

Gary Lawrence, chief sustainability officer at AECOM, a leading professional technical and management support services firm,says:“We’re seeing expanded participation and evidence of cities better understanding risk avoidance, resilience, and capital investment strategies that create more value, address concerns for human health and link to stronger economic outcomes.”

Having introduced more than 100km of bicycle paths to decrease private vehicle ownership and limit human contribution to climate change, Buenos Aires is one of the majority of cities implementing environmental initiatives that also have a positive lifestyle impact for their citizens.  55% of the cities are undertaking emissions reduction actions that promote walking and cycling, directly and indirectly improving public health. 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson,says: “Saving energy and using our resources more efficiently is absolutely vital to the sustainability, diversity and full recovery of this city’s economy.  The green sector represents a new area of expertise and innovation for London, providing jobs and attracting investment while significant CO2 reductions can save businesses substantial sums, improve air quality and make the capital a better place to live and work."

Nearly every city in the C40 network of global cities taking action on climate change has participated in the CDP program this year, with many of them leading the way in reporting to CDP for a third consecutive year.  Rohit T. Aggarwala, Special Advisor to the C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg,says: “Mayors are dealing head-on with the need to safeguard their populations, infrastructure and economies from the increasingly severe impacts of climate change. By reporting on their progress C40 Cities are holding themselves and each other accountable for meeting the targets they set, and continuing to demonstrate unprecedented, global leadership in taking real, measurable actions.”

Individual responses from the cities are now available on the CDP website, where the report can be freely downloaded.  CDP and AECOM have also produced an interactive infographic which displays data from all 110 reporting cities, including their greenhouse gas emissions, risks, adaptation actions, and emissions reduction activities.  See the full infographic on the cities pages of CDP’s website.


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Notes to editor

Disclosing cities

Most cities have made their completed climate change questionnaires available to the public.  The responses from those cities are now available on the CDP website.  The 110 cities that took part are listed below.

Africa:    East Asia:

Abuja Federal Capital Territory

Nigeria

Ansan Metropolitan Government

South Korea

Addis Ababa City Administration

Ethiopia

Changwon City

South Korea

Antananarivo,

Madagascar

City of Yokohama

Japan

City of Abidjan

Cote d Ivoire

Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Hong Kong

City of Cape Town

South Africa

Incheon Metropolitan Government

South Korea

City of Durban

South Africa

Kaohsiung City Government

Taiwan

City of Johannesburg

South Africa

Seoul Metropolitan Government

South Korea

City of Lagos

Nigeria

Suwon Metropolitan Government

South Korea

City of Pietermaritzburg

South Africa

Taipei City Government

Taiwan

Commune de Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Japan

Kampala City

Uganda

Wonju Metropolitan Government

South Korea

Ville de Douala

Cameroon

Europe:      Latin America:

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Spain

Alcadia Distrital de Barranquilla

Colombia

Ayuntamiento de Madrid

Spain

Alcaldía Metropolitana de Caracas

Venezuela

Basel-Stadt

Switzerland

Bogotá Distrito Capital

Colombia

Bornova Municipality

Turkey

City of Buenos Aires

Argentina

City of Amsterdam

Netherlands

City of Goiânia

Brazil

City of Athens

Greece

City of Salvador

Brazil

City of Berlin

Germany

Metropolitan Municipality of Lima

Peru

City of Copenhagen

Denmark

Mexico City

Mexico

City of Lisbon

Portugal

Municipalid de Montevideo

Uruguay

City of Oslo

Norway

Municipalidad de Magdalena del Mar

Peru

City of Paris

France

Municipality of Belo Horizonte

Brazil

City of Stockholm

Sweden

Municipality of Campinas

Brazil

City of Warsaw

Poland

Municipality of Curitiba

Brazil

City of Zaragoza

Spain

Municipality of Porto Alegre

Brazil

Comune di Milano

Italy

Municipality of Recife

Brazil

Comune di Napoli

Italy

Município de Aparecida

Brazil

Comune di Oristano

Italy

Prefeitura de São Paulo

Brazil

Comune di Piacenza

Italy

Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

Comune di Torino

Italy

Prefeitura Municipal de Jaguaré

Brazil

Comune di Venezia

Italy

Región Metropolitana de Santiago

Chile

Dublin City Council

Ireland

San Salvador

El Salvador

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Germany

Santiago de Cali

Colombia

Gemeente Rotterdam

Netherlands

Santiago de Guayaquil

Ecuador

Greater London Authority

United Kingdom

Greater Manchester

United Kingdom

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

Turkey

Moscow Government

Russia

Stadt Zürich

Switzerland

Village of Kadiovacik

Turkey

Vilnius City Municipality

Lithuania

Continues

North America:    South Asia and Oceania:

City of Atlanta

USA

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration

Thailand

City of Austin

USA

City of Melbourne

Australia

City of Baltimore

USA

City of Sydney

Australia

City of Chicago

USA

Hanoi City

Vietnam

City of Cleveland

USA

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam

City of Dallas

USA

Jakarta City Government

Indonesia

City of Denver

USA

Singapore Government

Singapore

City of Detroit

USA

City of Edina

USA

City of Houston

USA

City of Las Vegas

USA

City of Los Angeles

USA

City of Miami

USA

City of Minneapolis

USA

City of New Orleans

USA

City of Philadelphia

USA

City of Phoenix

USA

City of Portland, Oregon

USA

City of San Diego

USA

City of San Francisco

USA

City of San José

USA

City of St Louis

USA

City of Toronto

Canada

City of Vancouver

Canada

New York City

USA

Ville de Montréal

Canada

Washington, DC

USA

About CDP

CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.  CDP works with market forces, including 722 institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them.  CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.  Please visit www.cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.

About AECOM

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A www.aecom.com

About C40

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. C40 was established in 2005 and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with President William J. Clinton’s Climate Initiative (CCI).  The current chair of the C40 is New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  To learn more about the work of C40 and our Cities, please visit http://www.c40.org/.

For media information:

Communications manager

+ 44 (0) 20 7970 5682

+ 44 (0) 7794 003 903
catherine.vonaltheer@cdp.net

CDP Catherine von Altheer

AECOM

Paul Dickard

Vice president, corporate/external communications

+1  646 432 8473 

paul.dickard@aecom.com 

C40

Michael V. Marinello

Communications director

+1 212 617 2383

mmarinello@c40.org

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Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP, är ett samarbete mellan 722 institutionella investerare. CDP genomför världens största kartläggning av storföretagens ambitioner i klimat- och vattenfrågor. Ett nordiskt sekretariat för CDP bildades år 2006 med säte i Stockholm och år 2013 utfrågas 260 nordiska företag om deras klimatpåverkan.