STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
The City of Cape Town has been ranked as one of the top five cities in the world out of 533 cities for demonstrating leadership in our climate disclosure where we measure and disclose our energy and climate action data annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
This achievement saw Cape Town joining over 500 cities, 100 state and regional governments, and 5 800 companies who are now measuring and disclosing climate action data on an annual basis in order to manage emissions, build resilience, and protect themselves from the growing impacts of climate change.
We are indeed proud that our work is playing a part in the global efforts to address climate change and to be placed alongside other leading cities like Mexico City, Paris, Sydney, and Vancouver as one of the top five reporting cities.
These results and our work to map our progress in addressing climate change is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) and its aims to create an organisation that is that is more dynamic, more progressive, and more customer-centric.Our results and reporting to the CDP also underscore one of our 11 transformational priorities as part of the ODTP, to position Cape Town as a forward-thinking, globally competitive business city.
The CDP is a not-for-profit organisation that provides the global platform for cities and companies to manage, measure and disclose their energy and climate data.
Every year the CDP and AECOM highlight cities which are excelling in climate disclosure and showcase each city’s efforts with an InFocus Report. Of the 533 cities from around the world that disclosed to CDP in 2016, Cape Town scored the highest in its region and was awarded with an InFocus Report.
Cities across the world are taking bold action to implement the COP21 Paris Agreement demonstrating their ambition to address climate change by reducing emissions, adapting to climate impacts, and establishing low-carbon economies.
Cape Town is determined to continue leading the way through our range of projects to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Cities are the drivers of change and the site of development and we are committed to our duty to embed responsible environmental practices into all the work we do.
The City of Cape Town’s 2016 submission to the CDP included actions such as reducing emissions through waste management at landfill sites, lower carbon energy supply generation, on-site renewable energy generation, sourcing 10% to 20% of our electricity from renewable energy, and supporting the development of clean technology industries and initiatives to increase energy security.
The CDP has partnered with the C40 Cities Leadership Group in connecting more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, the C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks while increasing health, well-being and economic opportunities for urban residents.
Cape Town’s work in measuring and reporting the data for our actions to address climate change to the CDP is in line with my commitment as a board member of the Global Covenant of Mayors and Cape Town’s membership in C40.
The full text of Cape Town’s response as well as thousands of other responses are available for free on the CDP website at www.cdp.net