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London, Toronto and New York to calculate city-wide carbon footprints

Carbon Disclosure Project launches new reporting initiative designed to encourage cities to cut emissions and boost climate risk management


London, Toronto and New York have become the first three cities to sign up to a new carbon report initiative from the Carbon Disclosure Project, designed to create a public database of cities' greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies.

Fifty-six other metropolises were today called upon to join the newly launched CDP Cities program – the latest initiative from the investor-backed lobby group, which similarly requests that listed companies publicly report on their carbon footprint.

In partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Clinton Climate initiative, the scheme is asking the 59 largest cities in the world that have previously committed to tackling climate change to voluntarily measure and report on their emissions to the CDP.

London mayor Boris Johnson said that carbon reporting represented a critical component of any city's efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

"We know cities are the largest producers of carbon emissions, but it is vital that these outputs are quantified and in the public domain in order to track our progress in reducing them," he said. "London's city government is already committed to disclosing a range of data, not just with regard to climate change, to help catalyse change to the benefit of residents. We are happy to continue this as part of our work with the C40."

CDP has also today released a report entitled The Case for City Disclosure, detailing how standard disclosure from local governments can help cities share best practice, manage risk, increase operational effectiveness, save money, attract investment, foster innovation and ultimately lead to safer, more prosperous cities.

CDP's executive chairman Paul Dickinson urged cities to become leaders of tackling climate change.

"With cities at the forefront of our global response to climate change, it is critical that they have access to the same proven process which can help them to reduce carbon, improve operational efficiency, attract investment and increase clean tech innovations," he said.

(Ref article in  Nov 2010)