City receives highest ranking by global nonprofit for emissions inventory, reduction targets, climate action plan and resilience plan
The City of Boulder has been recognized as a global leader on environmental action and transparency by CDP, an international nonprofit that collects environmental data. This recognition places Boulder on CDP’s Cities A List for the third year in a row.
“Tracking our progress is an important part of our climate work, but it’s not the whole story,” said Interim Director of Climate Initiatives Jonathan Koehn. “We must continue to use that data to help us determine where to focus our efforts and resources as we take on this global challenge.”
CDP publishes its Cities A List to demonstrate how cities are leading on transparency and ambitious environmental action. Boulder is among just 95 cities around the globe to receive the top rating this year. To score an A, a city must have a rigorous citywide emissions inventory, set an emissions reduction target, publish a climate action plan and complete a climate resiliency plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards now and in the future.
The city’s greenhouse gas emissions data is available on the city’s open data dashboard, Boulder Measures. Since 2018, the Boulder community has reduced emissions by 22%, even as the city’s population and gross domestic product grew. Last month, the city formally adopted new, more aggressive climate targets. Boulder now seeks to achieve an 70% reduction in emissions by 2030 and become net zero by 2035.
CDP is a global nonprofit that drives companies, cities and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.
Over 13,000 companies and 1,100 cities, states and regions disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2020. CDP’s platform is one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. Visit www.cdp.net/en for more information.