Porto and Braga are among the 95 cities of the world on the “list” of environmental leaders
The two northern cities are the only Portuguese cities to feature on the ‘A list’ created by CDP, an international organization funded by the European Union that assesses the environmental work of businesses, cities, states and regions.
Last year these two cities, as well as gueda, were already marked in Aveiro, which this year is not mentioned, while in 2019 the Portuguese “class A” cities are Lisbon, Sintra and Guimarães.
According to the press release sent by the CDP, 95 selected cities “have received the greatest transparency and ambitious actions to mitigate or adapt to climate change”.
“To achieve an A rating, a city must publicly disclose its environmental data and have a city-wide emissions inventory, have an ambitious emission reduction target and a future renewable energy target, and have published a climate action plan, ”explains the organization.
To get a good grade, you should always “assess climate risk, vulnerability and climate adaptation plan to show how they interact with weather conditions”.
The list includes 26 other European cities, including the capitals Athens, Greece, Berlin, Germany, Copenhagen, Denmark, Paris, France, or Stockholm, Sweden, but also the Italian city of Padua or Zurich in Switzerland.
The CDP underlines the absence of China, India and Russia in the list, “the three biggest emitting countries, except the USA”.
According to this organization, the combined population of these 95 cities is 108 million, “a tiny percentage (2.6%) of the 4.2 billion people living in cities,” which “highlights the urgent need for more cities. to raise their climate ambitions for those who live and work. In which “.
This year, 956 cities were assessed, “a significant increase from the 591 cities assessed in 2020,” which is the result of an effort to increase transparency.
“For the first time, more than a thousand cities are disclosing their environmental impact data” via the CDP system.
Those on ‘List A’ take ‘twice as many climate action as other cities and also identify more than twice as many climate-related opportunities as developing sustainable transport sectors or clean technologies’.
This selection is in its fourth year of existence, and in this edition, the criteria have been tightened, “to reflect the level of ambition needed to achieve the goals” of limiting global warming to 1.5 ° C.
Thus, 95 cities were selected this year, 9.8% of the 965 considered, against 88 last year, representing 14.9% of the total of 591 cities.