Edmonton gets an "A" in tackling climate change: report

Feb 19 2020, 10:42 am

Edmonton is being recognized as a global leader in addressing climate change, earning a spot on the “CDP Cities A List.”

The CDP, an environmental impact non-profit organization, runs a global environmental disclosure system that helps companies and cities measure their risks as well as their opportunities for managing climate change.

According to the CDP, cities are taking the climate crisis more seriously than before.

“In the space of a year, the number of cities on the A List has grown from 43 in 2018 to 105 in 2019,” says the report.

“Representing a combined global population of 170 million, they are leading the transition to a climate-safe future and setting an example for others to follow.”

In order to score an “A,” a city must establish a multi-pronged strategy. This includes a city-wide emissions inventory, an emissions-reduction target, a published climate action plan, and a completed climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards.

The City of Edmonton has implemented a number of initiatives to tackle climate change in the city, including a climate change adaptation strategy, and an energy transition plan.

The purpose of the climate adaptation strategy is to make Edmonton “climate resilient,” and to “minimize the exposure of people and assets to the impacts of climate change.”

Keep up the good work, Edmonton!