Sharing our climate action progress with the world again

The City of Burlington has received an A grade in our second year of climate reporting through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an improvement from last year’s B grade. Burlington is one of 13 municipalities in Canada and 122 municipalities around the world to get an A grade, out of over 1,000 cities, states and regions who reported this year.

To score an A, among other actions, a local government must:

  • Disclose publicly
  • Complete a community-wide emissions inventory
  • Publish a climate action plan
  • Complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment
  • Publish a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards

The City submitted progress updates on the implementation of its climate related plans, including the community-based Climate Action Plan, the Corporate Energy and Emissions Management Plan (for City operations) and the recently completed Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather.

According to CDP, A List municipalities are demonstrating climate leadership through collective action, just as national governments have been asked to at COP27 and taking twice as many mitigation and adaptation measures as non-A List local governments.

Reporting through the CDP platform has many advantages:

  • Ensuring the City’s continued commitment to climate action;
  • Tracking and publicly reporting on progress for achieving major milestones on climate action as directed through the climate emergency declaration; and
  • Helping us meet the reporting requirements for the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM), the largest global alliance for city climate leadership across the globe.

Did you know?

About the Climate Disclosure Project

CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions. Founded in 2000 and working with more than 680 investors with over $130 trillion in assets, CDP pioneered using capital markets and corporate procurement to motivate companies to disclose their environmental impacts, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.     

Nearly 20,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2022, including more than 18,700 companies worth 50% of global market capitalization, and over 1,100 cities, states and regions. CDP is a founding member of the Science Based Targets initiative, We Mean Business Coalition, The Investor Agenda and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.

For more information on the City’s climate change efforts, visit

One thought on “Sharing our climate action progress with the world again

  1. Forest regeneration planting trees especially Oaks would last generations from now. The old land fill on the North Service rd? Oaks will live for hundreds of years and will store carbon like no other trees. They are/were the building blocks before the settlers came. The eco system for hundreds of years was Soil, Oak, Deer, Indigenous people was destroyed for a Soil, Corn, Cow, Farmer society! There are only a handful of old Oaks from the 1600 or 1700’s 4 in Burlington and 2 in Dundas, one in Brantford on Brant School rd is 20’6″ in circumference 624cm could be 400 years old. The Allview Oak, Pine Cove Oak and the Bronte Rd Oak are over 17 ft. circ. Dundas has 2 in the Driving park and Fisher Mill park. Oaks protect soil, flooding and feed numerous fungus, animals and will become carbon storage trees from 2 to 6 hundred years from now! Oaktober programs are promoted in many US states. Burlington should be a champion for Oaks as Plains rd was an ancient Oak Savanah. Planting them now will out live the next25 generations, and outlive most of the buildings that we are proud of these ancient sentinels would go along way and give the human imagination a greater understanding of our stewardship of the land!


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