The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a non-profit organisation that provides an international reporting platform aimed at environmental management, has recognised Buenos Aires for its leadership and transparency in taking climate change action.
The group, which monitors 850 cities worldwide, lauded Buenos Aires, Paris, São Paolo, and San Francisco for their commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050.
“This is an increasingly important commitment as urban populations continue to grow exponentially. Seventy percent of the world's population is expected to live in cities within the next 30 years,” Fernando Straface, the City government's secretary general and representative for international relations.
“This year, the City will present its Carbon Neutral Plan at COP26, in Glasgow, in a new sign of Buenos Aires' international commitment to this agenda,” he added.
Cities are classified from 'A' to 'D-' based on transparency, data quality, and the level of action taken. Buenos Aires received an ‘A’ rating by the CDP for the second time in its history, “the highest possible score awarded by the organisation,” observed Eduardo Macchivaelli, the City's environment secretary.
“This recognition indicates that we are doing what we must do to mitigate the effects of climate change in our city.”
To obtain an ‘A’ rating, a city needs to demonstrate best practice in adaptation and mitigation and set ambitious and realistic climate change goals.
Buenos Aires’ completed objectives include expansion of lanes for buses, the eco-bike programme, the Paseo del Bajo underpass, LED public lighting, and the Biological Mechanical Treatment (MBT) plant, among others.
Of the 850 cities that report environmental data to the CDP, the organisation classified 105 cities around the world as leaders. Four Latin American cities are considered such: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Mexico City. This represents a regional improvement, given that Buenos Aires was the only Latin American city on last year's list.