New international recognition for the Climate Plan

13/05/2019 - 17:40 h

Climate change. Barcelona becomes part of a group of major cities heading the fight against climate change, according to the study by the main international body for gauging action to combat climate change: the CDP.

The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) is a non-profit organisation which gathers information on the risks and opportunities of climate change, plans to cut emissions and transparency in action to counter the effects of climate change. The international body published its global ranking of cities today, selecting 43 cities which are leading the way in the fight against climate change, including Barcelona.

Barcelona was selected today by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in its ranking of pioneering cities in the fight against climate change. The city was chosen for the policies it is applying under the Climate Plan.

Barcelona’s inclusion makes it part of leading group of cities, along with other major urban hubs such as London, Paris, Cape Town and Hong Kong. It is also the first city in the Spanish state to become part of the leading group of cities.

The city has received recognition from other quarters, such as the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which awarded the Catalan capital the distinction of best initiative in the category of major European cities.

The inclusion in the CDP list is the latest international recognition for Barcelona in relation to the fight against climate change and sustainability policies.

Climate Plan

Barcelona City Council is rolling out measures to tackle climate change through the Barcelona Climate Plan. The plan is the city’s roadmap for contributing to the goals of the Paris agreement of not pushing the planet’s temperature up by more that 1.5ºC compared to the pre-industrial period.

To this end, the plan sets out the measures needed to cut emissions in the city by 45% by the year 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050, in line with the requirements of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The Climate Plan was jointly developed with the citizens and entities which signed the Citizen Commitment to Sustainability 2012-2022 (over a thousand at present).

It is an ambitious, cutting-edge document drawn up collectively, which brings 242 measures together in four strategic lines and pushes for cross-cutting actions that incorporate proposals into the main areas in city governance, namely, housing, mobility, the economy, water, greenery, energy, health, waste management and consumption.

For more information on the cities selected as leaders in the development of policies to combat climate change click here