Barcelona, Murcia and Vitoria, the only Spanish cities recognized for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Barcelona, Murcia and Vitoria, the only Spanish cities recognized for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The 33 cities on CDP's 'A List' account for around five percent of Europe's population and show great progress since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015

Barcelona, Murcia and Vitoria, the only Spanish cities recognized for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The cities of Barcelona, Murcia and Vitoria have been recognized among the 33 European cities mentioned in List A of Cities published by the CDP organization, by rewarding their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the impacts caused by climate change despite the Covid-19 health crisis.

The 33 European cities included in the study, according to CDP, account for around five percent of the European population and show great progress since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015. The organization notes that only three European cities (9 %) of List A had a target of net zero in 2015 compared to fourteen in 2020 (42%).

Likewise, CDP has observed how in 2015, 60 percent of the Cities in List A in Europe did not have emission reduction targets, but currently all 33 cities do. Despite the situation caused by Covid-19, 39 percent of European cities are new to List A. In Europe, the new additions have been Murcia, Porto, Zurich, Helsinki, Florence and Copenhagen .

Of all the European cities that are on CDP List A , Denmark has the highest number (6) , followed by Sweden (5), Finland (4), Spain and Portugal (each with 3). Another of the innovative aspects that CDP highlights in the 2020 List are the cities that have advanced in their goals on renewable energy with ten European cities working to get their energy to be 100% renewable by 2050 or earlier. Some cities, such as Copenhagen, Turku and Stockholm, have already reached 50 percent or more of their targets.

To have an A score, CDP details that a city must publicly disclose its data and have a city-wide emissions inventory , have set an emissions reduction target, as well as publish a climate action plan and have completed an assessment on climate risks and vulnerability, and also complete a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how you will address climate hazards now and in the future.

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