Sheffield ranks amongst the top cities in Europe in Carbon Disclosure Project

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Sheffield has received an A- status in its first submission to the Carbon Disclosure Project which ranks Sheffield amongst the top cities in Europe. 

What is The Carbon Disclosure Project?

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international charity that helps companies and cities disclose their environmental impact. The CDP aims to make environmental reporting and risk management a business norm that drives disclosures, insights, and action towards a sustainable economy.

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The scoring takes into account targets and actions on climate mitigation from sectors including energy, transport, waste, water and food, along with strategies and measures in place to adapt to the future changing climate.

In July 2022, Sheffield City Council completed Sheffield’s first submission to the CDP reporting platform. It has recently received an A- status which is just one off the highest score of A, meaning that Sheffield is at the top end of reporting cities in the European Union.

What has Sheffield Council done to mitigate climate change?

In recent years, the Council has introduced a range of actions to mitigate climate change and to help the city to reduce local impacts of climate change, such as:

  • 10 Point Plan – Developed and adopted a framework for working with city partners to tackle the climate emergency.
  • Climate Impact Assessments – Introduced as standard to projects and decision-making.
  • Low Carbon Business Support Programme – Supporting over 260 businesses across South Yorkshire by carrying out energy audits and providing 140 grants for energy efficiency improvements through EU funded Low Carbon Business Support programme. 
  • Heat Network Zoning Pilot Programme – Taking part in a heat network zoning pilot programme with the Department for Business and Industrial Strategy to help inform emerging Heat Network Zoning legislation.
  • Flood strategy and defence work, including an award-winning scheme in the city centre and working with Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust to demonstrate natural flood management approaches in the Limb Valley.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Co-Chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee, said:

“I’m really pleased that Sheffield is headed in the right direction with how the council and other organisations and people in the city are working together to take action against climate change.  Our CDP submission and resulting score demonstrates that we’re getting systems and targets in place and can evidence a number of good mitigation and adaptation actions. We believe all of these strategies have contributed significantly to our A- rating. However, we know there is still room for improvement, and the CDP made several helpful recommendations.”

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