Laura Sharman 18 November 2021

Eleven UK cities named as global leaders on climate action

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Eleven UK cities have been recognised as global leaders for climate action and ambition.

Environmental charity CDP has published its Cities A List, which celebrates those demonstrating their climate leadership through concerted and effective action.

These cities are taking twice as many climate mitigation and adaptation measures as non-A Listers.

To achieve an 'A', a city must have set an emissions reduction target, a renewable energy target, must disclose a city-wide emissions inventory and have published a climate action plan.

The 2021 list includes BCP Council, Edinburgh City Council, City of Leicester, Greater Manchester, Newcastle City Council, Nottingham City, Reading Borough Council, Southend on Sea Borough Council and Sunderland City Council.

Cllr Sally Longford, deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, said: 'Following on from COP26, we are keen to drive positive change within the city. Working alongside other A List cities – including Bristol, Manchester, and Newcastle – we can implement innovative technologies and share best practice.

'By measuring, disclosing, and understanding Nottingham’s environmental impact, with the help of organisations like CDP, we are able to take the urgent action needed to build a sustainable and thriving economy.”

Over 1,000 cities worldwide reported their environmental impact through CDP in 2021.

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