Windsor Receives Another A Rating for Climate Action
For the second year in a row, the City of Windsor’s efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate have been recognized by an international body with an A grade, the highest achievable.
The CDP, a global environmental impact organization that supports companies and cities to disclose their environmental impact, has released the results of its 2020 questionnaire on behalf of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. The rating is based on the city’s response to a questionnaire from the CDP completed in August.
Windsor was one of only 88 cities worldwide to achieve an A grade, while the average score for North American cities was C.
To score an A, a city must disclose publicly and have a city-wide emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target, and published a climate action plan. It must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have completed a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards now and in the future, among other actions.
Windsor has been recognized for its actions to develop robust climate change strategies, track and act to limit and reduce emissions, assess and mitigate climate risks, and transparently report this information in its 2020 disclosure to CDP.
In terms of climate change adaptation, the Carbon Disclosure Project recommended that Windsor consider updating and regularly evaluating the city’s risk assessment including vulnerable populations; commit to ambitious adaptation targets that will ensure vulnerable populations are protected in the future and ensure that water risks are regularly assessed when identifying emissions reduction and adaptation goals.
The cities on this year’s A List demonstrate that impactful and urgent action is possible. Although almost 40% of cities on this year’s A List did not disclose to CDP in 2015, they have quickly ramped up their environmental action, setting ambitious emissions reduction targets and are building resilience against climate change. In so doing, we and the other 87 cities have earned the title of climate leaders.
“The CDP report card affirms and validates on an international level what we already know to be true about the City of Windsor – that we are a community of conscientious stewards of the environment who are committed to taking proactive steps to strengthen our resilience to the effects of climate change, while minimizing harm to the environment,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Our work is far from over, which is why council and administration continue to take a leading role in prioritizing policies and actions to cut emissions, reduce energy consumption and build up an active transportation network to promote a more healthy and sustainable community.
See the full A List of cities.