Louisville one of 88 global cities named as climate leader on CDP 2020 A List
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Louisville earned a coveted spot on CDP’s annual A List, which recognizes major progress in climate action and transparency.
Louisville is one of 88 cities across the globe that continue to lead on environmental action despite the pressures of tackling COVID-19, according to CDP, a global nonprofit that drives companies, cities and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Louisville 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.
“We are honored to receive this recognition for the first-time from CDP,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Since the early days of my administration, our staff has worked tirelessly with community partners to craft plans and take actions that reduce our city’s contributions to climate change and mitigate its impacts.”
“We also understand that we need to work quickly to meet our emission reduction goals, increase our tree canopy and reduce our climate-related risks to people and the built and natural environment,” he added. “Like the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change is a global health crisis that disproportionately affects our Black residents and other communities of color. To become a more equitable city, we must take additional action to address climate impacts in the neighborhoods where these communities live.”
To score an A, a city must have completed a city-wide emissions inventory, set an emissions reduction target, published a climate action plan, finished a climate risk and vulnerability assessment, and completed a climate adaptation plan demonstrating how it will examine climate hazards now and in the future.
“The cities on this year’s A List demonstrate that impactful and urgent action is possible. … they have fast ramped up their environmental action and ambition, setting ambitious emissions reduction targets and are building resilience against climate change,” CDP stated.
Currently, the city is in the process of hiring an energy manager to guide its energy reduction and renewable energy efforts, and Louisville Metro continues to offer incentives to businesses and residents to invest in sustainable technology including cool roofing.
Mayor Fischer also supported the 100% Clean Energy Resolution, passed by Louisville Metro Council in February 2020, which established a goal of 100% renewable electricity for Metro operations by 2030 and 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040.
On Earth Day 2020, Louisville Metro released the Draft Prepare Louisville climate adaptation plan, which highlights ways to protect community members most at risk from climate change and build resilience, and the Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Plan, which identifies a path for the city to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and shift to clean and renewable energy sources.
While the emissions reduction plan targets reducing emissions by at least 80% by 2050, Louisville Metro recognizes that it must accelerate its timeline given new data that has emerged since the goal was initially set. The latest climate science tells us that global emissions must be halved by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change.
See all the cities on the A List here.