26 European cities are on the A list of CDP environmental leaders this year

26 European cities are on the A list of CDP environmental leaders this year

They scored high for transparency and climate action

Earlier this month, CDP – the nonprofit that manages the global environmental disclosure system for cities and businesses – revealed its A list of cities for 2021. Specifically, he unveiled the names of 95 cities who are this year leaders in environmental action and transparency.

What is an A list city?

To secure their place on the CDP A list, cities must meet several criteria and achieve a high score on transparency and climate action. By developing this, they must have a city-wide emissions inventory and disclose it publicly.

On top of that, they must have published a climate action plan and set ambitious goals for emission reductions and renewable energies. In addition, cities must also achieve a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and develop climate adaptation plan, among several other requirements.

European leaders

Of the 965 cities that received a CDP score this year, 95 reached the A list. In addition, 46 cities (48%) are new to the list. According to the CDP, 26 European cities have obtained an A and are therefore environmental leaders. These cities are:

  1. Copenhagen
  2. Egedal
  3. Gladsaxe
  4. Helsingør
  5. Hoeje-Taastrup
  6. Espoo
  7. Helsinki
  8. Lahti
  9. Turku
  10. Paris
  11. Berlin
  12. Athens
  13. Reykjavik
  14. Florence
  15. Padua
  16. Oslo
  17. Arendal
  18. Port
  19. Braga
  20. Barcelona
  21. Lund
  22. Stockholm
  23. Vaxjo
  24. Linköping
  25. Västervik
  26. Zurich

Cities must step up their climate efforts

While 95 cities get an A is undoubtedly impressive, the CDP notes that their the combined population is about 108 million. It’s only 2.6% of the estimated 4.2 billion people who live in cities around the world. For this reason, it is absolutely crucial that more cities follow in the footsteps of the 2021 environmental leaders to step up their climate efforts.

“We hope that the example of the efforts and actions of List A cities will encourage more cities to step up their climate ambition and to work with government and business to protect our planet for generations to come,” commented Kyra Appleby, global director of cities, states and regions at CDP.

To see the 95 cities on List A 2021, visit The CDP website here.

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