Miami Among 88 Cities Worldwide to Score Top Grade for Climate Action

Published on November 16, 2020

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The City of Miami has today been recognized by environmental impact non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as one of its 88 A-List cities from around the globe for its efforts to continue leading on environmental action, despite the pressures of tackling COVID-19. These cities, which represent a combined global population of almost 125 million, reported their environmental data to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System for review and evaluation in early 2020. Today’s announcement of the A-List cities is the culmination of CDP’s in-depth review.

“Here at the City of Miami, we have made climate adaptation – and carbon mitigation in particular – a necessary centerpiece of our agenda, and CDP’s recognition is a welcome affirmation of our ongoing efforts,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “As Mayor, I will continue to prioritize climate action, working hand-in-hand with our residents – whose input is vital – and with our professional resilience staff, which is doing the hard work of implementing a full scope of meaningful climate action initiatives and programs.”

Designed to support cities as they measure, manage, and  ramp up their climate action and ambition, CDP is a global environmental action disclosure system. To score an A, a city must disclose its responses publicly and meet four criteria: have a city-wide emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target, have a climate action plan (plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions), and have a climate adaptation plan. 

The City of Miami has been recognized for its actions to develop robust climate change strategies, track and act to limit and reduce emissions, assess and mitigate climate risks, and transparently report this information in its 2020 disclosure to CDP. Miami joins global cities including Seoul, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, London, Berlin, Paris, New York City and Vancouver, which were previously name to  the list. Among the City’s specific initiatives, which led to its scoring as an A-List city are the following:

  • Climate adaptation plan: The Miami Forever Climate Ready climate adaptation plan was released in January 2020 and details the adaptation actions the City will take over the next 10 years to respond to flooding due to sea level rise, intensifying hurricanes and storms, and extreme heat.
  • Emissions reduction target: When the City of Miami joined the C40 Cities network in January 2020, Mayor Suarez publicly committed to carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • Greenhouse gas inventory: Released in April 2020, the City completed a greenhouse gas inventory for the year 2018 which will serve as the baseline for the City’s climate action plan (greenhouse gas mitigation plan).
  • Additionally, the City continues to make resident engagement a cornerstone of its climate efforts. The Mayor’s new Resiliency Action Forum – a monthly open forum for residents to discuss climate issues with the Mayor and City resilience staff – kicked off just last month.  

The City of Miami and all cities on this year’s CDP A List demonstrate that impactful and urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts is possible. Although almost 40% of cities on this year’s A List did not disclose to CDP in 2015, they have quickly ramped up their environmental action, setting ambitious emissions reduction targets and are building resilience against climate change. In so doing, Miami and the other 87 cities have earned the title of global climate leaders.