Figure 1: Display of 2022 Cities Adaptation Actions dataset. Source: CDP database
Previous news and studies conducted by LOCALISED partners already signalled the gap between climate plans through Europe and their actual implementation. Moreover, recent findings concluded that only around 20% of the more than 11.000 signatories of the Covenant of Mayors comply with monitoring requirements. Thus, reporting initiatives like the Carbon Disclosure Project database are highly relevant in understanding the implementation status of climate actions throughout Europe. There, different regions and cities publicly report their climate actions.
Available data ranges from the inventory of emissions of the cities to city stakeholder engagement. In terms of the implementation of climate action, the datasets reporting Cities Adaptation Actions and Cities Emission Reduction Actions are particularly interesting. The description of each climate actions taken can be found along with their implementation status. Furthermore, it also contains other relevant planning-related data.
According to previous LOCALISED findings, time, cost, potential synergies, justice issues, and responsibilities for actions are crucial for a successful implementation. The CDP data offers the opportunity to analyse this issue from a bottom-up reporting initiative, and will offer valuable insights to understand how those, and other parameters, can influence the implementation conditions of climate actions throughout Europe.
A comparative analysis of the LOCALISED findings and the Carbon Disclosure Project reporting data will soon provide insights on the factors conditioning the implementation of climate plans.
Figure 2: Expected lifetime duration for the already implemented adaptation actions. Source: CDP Database; 2022 Cities Adaptation Actions dataset