Perth and Kinross given A rating for environmental action

16th November, 2023

The award recognises the significant efforts undertaken by Perth and Kinross Council to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies. In 2019, Perth and Kinross received a D-grade from the CDP, but this improved to a B in 2022 before attaining the highest grade possible this year. The CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a not-for-profit organisation that runs the global disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.

To score an A, among other actions, cities and local authorities must disclose publicly through CDP-ICLEI Track, have an area-wide emissions inventory and have published a climate action plan. A listers must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation goal to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards. Many A List locations are also taking a variety of other leadership actions. They also demonstrate their climate leadership through concerted and effective action, just as national governments will be asked to do at COP28. They are taking four times as many mitigation and adaptation measures as non-A List locations.

Perth and the other 118 places on this year's A List, are showing that urgent and impactful climate action - from ambitious emissions reduction targets to building resilience against climate change - is achievable at a global level, and in cities and local authorities with different climate realities and priorities.

For further details please visit the CDP website.