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The data collected by CDP is used by various entities after submission and analysis. The disclosed data is used by CDP to power the following tools and resources. 

For Cities

  • CDP use this data to produce city scores, analytics, snapshot reports, and feedback for local and regional governments on their score. CDP also makes publicly reported data available on the website and through the Open Data Portal. This allows local and regional governments to monitor their progress against their peers worldwide.
  • The UNFCCC’s Global Climate Action Portal (formerly the NAZCA Platform), which tracks the climate action progress of non-state actors and initiatives is powered by CDP’s data.
  • CDP and ICLEI will both use the self-reported local and regional government data to provide robust analysis - collaboratively or independently - of the climate actions being taken at subnational level across the world. This data will also serve other ICLEI supported initiatives. See the full list of ICLEI supported initiatives here.
  • ICLEI will continue to use the data to shape and substantiate messages of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC. These messages are shared with nations and UN agencies, to ensure that they are informed of subnational commitments, plans and activities. ICLEI is also working closely with other partners to call for subnational contributions to be embedded in their respective Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
  • For Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) committed cities, the response data is also shared with GCoM, once it has been validated.
Certain cities can submit a non-public response. Your data will still be used by CDP, ICLEI and our partners in aggregate format in our communications. The difference being that your city’s data will not be highlighted in our external communications, reports or CDPs Open Data Portal. Moreover, cities that submit a non-public response will not be featured on CDP’s A-list according to the methods by which CDP score cities responses and provide feedback.
Please note that the following cities are not able to submit a non-public response:
  • Cities committed to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy or indicating on the platform that they intend to commit to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.
  • Cities reporting for Cities Race to Zero and Race to Resilience.
The Terms and Conditions for our Cities Questionnaire provides a comprehensive list of information on what happens to your response after submission. The Terms and Conditions are also available through the ‘Submit your response’ page of the online questionnaires.

For States and Regions
  • CDP also makes publicly reported data available on the website and through the Open Data Portal. This allows local and regional governments to monitor their progress against their peers worldwide.
  • Regions4 uses the self-reported local and regional government data to provide robust analysis on adaptation actions being taken at subnational level across the world. Regions4 publishes an annual report using the data disclosed on risks and adaptation by the states and regions that have joined the RegionsAdapt initiative. The latest RegionsAdapt Brief Report can be found here.
  • The UNFCCC’s Global Climate Action Portal (formerly the NAZCA Platform), which tracks the climate action progress of non-state actors and initiatives is powered by CDP’s data.
For states and regions, public disclosure is mandatory for the 2022 reporting period. Submitting ‘Publicly’ means that the response will be made visible on CDP's website, shared with partners and report writers, posted on CDP's Open Data Portal and used in analysis combined with any other information about the responding state or region from other public sources. For more information, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.


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