Louisville named to CDP A List for second consecutive year

November 18, 2021

For the second year in a row, Louisville has received the distinction of being one of less than 100 cities around the world to make CDP’s annual A List. The global environmental nonprofit’s list recognizes major progress in climate action and transparency, and less than one in 10 cities earned an A rating this year.

“We are honored to once again be recognized by CDP. We understand that in order to be a top-tier city with improved health and safety outcomes for all residents we must address our local climate impact through reduced greenhouse gas emissions and investments in e-mobility and cooling measures,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Throughout this year, we have continued to work with new partners like NREL and launch new initiatives such as the Green Fleet Challenge and Solar Over Louisville, which we hope will help us meet our ambitious goal of 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040.”

Designed to encourage and support cities to ramp up their climate action and ambition, CDP’s Cities A List is based on environmental data disclosed by cities to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System. To score an A, a city must disclose publicly and have a city-wide emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target and a renewable energy target for the future, and have published a climate action plan. It must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards.

“A List cities are demonstrating their climate leadership through concerted and effective action, just as national governments were asked to do at COP26. They are taking twice as many mitigation and adaptation measures as non-A List cities and also identify more than twice as many opportunities - such as the development of sustainable transport sectors and clean technology businesses - arising from the shift to a net-zero world,” CDP stated.

Louisville Metro Government hired its first-ever energy manager in February. The manager is assessing the city’s baseline energy performance and identifying areas of opportunity to reduce its energy usage as the city works to shift metro operations to 100% clean renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% clean energy by 2035. This year, the city has already saved over $485,000 through utility cost avoidance measures such as setback scheduling, utility billing analysis, and other building optimization efforts.

In April, Louisville Metro announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL is providing an analysis of the options to reach the city’s energy goals and recommendations for energy efficiency and conservation projects for the city’s facilities.

Then in May, Mayor Fischer signed an Executive Order requiring Metro agencies and departments to prioritize the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles, green equipment, and necessary infrastructure to support our municipal fleet transition to electric. Louisville Metro currently has 48 hybrid and electric vehicles in its fleet.

Also, this year, the city launched two new initiatives aimed at encouraging businesses, nonprofits, residents and others to invest in renewable and clean energy sources – the Green Fleet Challenge and Solar Over Louisville. Through the Green Fleet Challenge, groups are asked to replace their existing vehicles with battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Solar Over Louisville solarize campaign will incentivize households to invest in solar by giving them access to discounted wholesale rates for solar installation.

See all the cities on the A List here.

Learn more about the city’s sustainability and clean energy work at www.100percentlou.com.

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