Amman only Middle Eastern, Arab city to get ‘A’ rating in climate action

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AMMAN — Amman has made it on the list of leaders in the field of climate action, according to the Carbon Disclosure Organization (CDP)-2022 A-List of cities, making it the first Middle Eastern Arab city to receive this classification.اضافة اعلان

The greater Amman metropolitan area is among 122 global cities to have achieved the highest total points in the field of climate action, in terms of environmental impact and carbon disclosure.

Only 12 percent of the cities on the list achieved an A rating, Amman included; the qualification is given in view of the “excellence of those in charge of climate and environmental action, and transparency”, despite the pressures and challenges posed by the the global economic situation.

Mayor of Amman Yousef Al-Shawarbeh said that making it on the list and being given the A rating by the CDP — a non-profit which runs an environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states, and regions — is a result of the measures and strategies taken by the city to tackle climate change, which will help build a green future and motivate other countries to follow suit.

To score an A, among other actions, a city must make a public disclosure through CDP, have a city-wide emissions inventory, and have published a climate action plan.

The scoring criteria for emissions reduction targets have been strengthened in order to align them with science-based climate targets, to include a long-term (by 2050) net-zero target or a mid-term target of contributing a fair share toward limiting global warming to 1.5˚C.

An A List city must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards.

The list shows that only one of every 10 cities scored an A rating. The Greater Amman Municipality has made public its Amman Climate Change Plan that was launched in 2019 as part of its membership in the C40 Leadership Cities Network.

This year, for the first time, over 1,000 cities were scored by CDP, with just over one in 10 cities scoring an A. North America accounts for the largest share of cities (49) on the 2022 leaders list, followed by Europe, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and Africa.

The city of Amman pledged to honor its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy, to contribute to the global effort to achieve climate stability.

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