Windsor Receives A Rating For Climate Action

Monday November 16th, 2020

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The City of Windsor’s efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate have been recognized by an international body with an A grade, the highest achievable.

The rating is based on the city’s response to a questionnaire from the CDP completed in August.

Windsor was one of only 88 cities worldwide to achieve an A grade, while the average score for North American cities was C.

To score an A, a city must disclose publicly and have a city-wide emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target, and published a climate action plan. It must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have completed a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards now and in the future, among other actions.

Windsor 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 in its 2020 disclosure to CDP.

In terms of climate change adaptation, the Carbon Disclosure Project recommended that Windsor consider updating and regularly evaluating the city’s risk assessment including vulnerable populations; commit to ambitious adaptation targets that will ensure vulnerable populations are protected in the future and ensure that water risks are regularly assessed when identifying emissions reduction and adaptation goals.

“The CDP report card affirms and validates on an international level what we already know to be true about the City of Windsor – that we are a community of conscientious stewards of the environment who are committed to taking proactive steps to strengthen our resilience to the effects of climate change, while minimizing harm to the environment,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Our work is far from over, which is why council and administration continue to take a leading role in prioritizing policies and actions to cut emissions, reduce energy consumption and build up an active transportation network to promote a more healthy and sustainable community.”

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