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Makati Mayor Abby Binay today announced that the city has been recognized as a 2023 CDP A-List City. This prestigious accolade, awarded by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), positions Makati among an elite group of 119 global cities that are spearheading environmental action and transparency.

The selection process is rigorous: out of 939 cities evaluated by CDP in 2023, only a little over 10 percent achieved an A rating.

"This recognition is not just an accolade; it's a resounding call to action. In Makati, we don't just plan; we act. We're committed to pioneering sustainable urban living, proving that cities can be powerhouses of climate resilience and innovation," Mayor Abby said.


The CDP's Cities A-List represents an elite circle of urban areas demonstrating unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship. It is a testament to cities that excel in responding to the pressing demands of climate change while balancing socio-economic challenges.

To earn this distinction, Makati had to demonstrate exemplary performance in several areas: public disclosure through CDP-ICLEI Track, a comprehensive city-wide emissions inventory, an actionable climate plan, detailed climate risk assessments, and ambitious climate adaptation goals.

A-List cities like Makati are not only at the forefront of environmental action but also pave the way for others by adopting extensive mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Mayor Abby explained: "The need for building a green future is not just a choice, but an imperative. As cities, we are at the forefront of this battle against environmental degradation. We are the hubs of innovation, culture, and economy, but also the epicenters of resource consumption and emissions. This dual role places us in a unique position to drive substantial change.”


She added that Makati’s efforts—from enhancing green spaces to implementing sustainable transportation and waste management systems—are more than local initiatives; they are contributions to a global movement.

“In Makati, we recognize that creating a sustainable and resilient urban environment is essential not only for our current inhabitants but also for future generations,” the mayor said.

As national leaders gather for COP28, the example set by Makati and the 118 other A-List cities will be a beacon of inspiration. These cities illustrate that impactful climate actions, from aggressive emissions reduction to enhancing resilience against climate impacts, are not just aspirational but entirely attainable, across diverse global urban landscapes.

The 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 740 financial institutions with over $136 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.

Over 24,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2023 - including listed companies worth two thirds of global market capitalization - and over 1,100 cities, states and regions.

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