New Bedford has been ranked in the highest tier of cities in the world for its action against climate change. CDP has ranked New Bedford as an “A List” city among 119 other cities in the world with Boston being the only other city in New England.
To score an A, among other actions, a city must:
• Disclose publicly through CDP-ICLEI Track;
• Have a city-wide emissions inventory; and
• Have published a climate action plan.
The scoring criteria for emissions reduction targets have been strengthened in a move towards aligning with science-based climate targets. An A List city must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment (CRVA) and have a climate adaptation goal to demonstrate how it will adapt to climate hazards.
This year, 939 cities reporting through CDP-ICLEI Track were scored by CDP, with 13% of them receiving an A. Spanning every continent, as well as large and small urban areas, cities on the 2023 A List include Barcelona (Spain), Denver (USA), Mexico City (Mexico), Cape Town (South Africa), Quezon City (the Philippines), and Canberra (Australia).
With recent CDP data showing that 80% of cities are facing climate hazards (such as heatwaves and floods), and with 70% expecting those hazards to become more intense, concerted climate action from cities is crucial.
To see the full map of “A List” cities, CLICK HERE.