According to the report,

  • Nearly 1/3 of reporting cities say ability to adapt to climate change relies on government factors,
  • 1/4 of cities say reaching emissions targets relies on external policy,
  • 3/4 of cities collaborate on climate action with business, or intend to by 2023.

Collaboration between cities, states and regions, government and business is pivotal to delivering effective climate action, according to new analysis conducted by CDP. More than a quarter of cities (246 out of 965) say reaching their emissions reduction targets relies on policy outside their control. Meanwhile, almost a third of cities (298 out of 965) say their ability to adapt to climate impacts depends on factors influenced by different levels of government, such as funding or lack of legislation. The analysis in Working Together To Beat The Climate Crisis is based on responses to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System from 965 cities, and 136 states and regions. Encouragingly, the analysis shows the vast majority of states and regions are collaborating on climate action, or intend to do so in the next two years. Over 90% of states and regions (123 out of 136) are, or will be, collaborating with national government, with 88% doing so with local government (120 out of 136).

CDP is calling for cities, states and regions to take the below actions, and for collaboration across all government levels and business to implement them:

  • Set science-based climate targets to maintain a global temperature rise of 1.5°C, including an interim target, and develop a climate action plan to support target implementation. To date, only 20% of cities, and 10% of states and regions, globally say that their target is aligned with a 1.5°C pathway. CDP urges all cities, states and regions to set a science-based target and join the UN-backed global campaign, Race to Zero.
  • Undertake a climate risk and vulnerability assessment (CRVA) to identify climate risks- and at risk communities, infrastructure, and resources- and create an adaptation plan to manage them. CDP urges all cities, states and regions to join the UN-backed global campaign, Race to Resilience.

Working Together To Beat The Climate Crisis showcases successful collaboration between cities, states and regions, different levels of government, and business across five continents. Looking at Brazil, Italy, Japan, Kenya, the United Kingdom and the U.S., it demonstrates how collaboration results in action, in areas from water security to decarbonisation.

In 2020, 11 municipalities from Turkey were included in the CDP Cities program:

  • Adana Metropolitan Municipality          
  • Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality       
  • Denizli Metropolitan Municipality
  • Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality
  • Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality
  • Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
  • Kadıköy Municipality (Istanbul)
  • Mezitli Municipality (Mersin)
  • Nilüfer Municipality (Bursa)
  • Seferihisar Municipality
  • Village of Kadıovacık

Please click here for the report.


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