In 2021, the City of Saint Paul was recognized as one of 95 cities worldwide on the CDP Cities "A List." Saint Paul was recognized for its ambition, leadership, and transparency on climate action. In 2022, Saint Paul received an A-.
The scores are based on the answers Saint Paul provides to the exhaustive CDP survey about the City’s climate actions. The City also submits an updated community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory to CDP.
CDP is a global, non-profit charity that runs the world’s disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states, and regions to assess their environmental impact and drive the urgent action needed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources, and protect forests. Founded in 2000, CDP has been working with cities since 2011. In 2021, over 13,000 companies (worth over 64% of global market capitalization) and over 1,100 cities, states and regions disclosed data through CDP on climate change, water security and deforestation. The global economy looks to CDP as the gold standard of environmental reporting, and the organization holds the world’s richest and most comprehensive dataset on how companies, cities, states, and regions measure, understand and address their environmental impacts.
In 2020 and 2021, Saint Paul was ranked as one of the top 20 cities in the U.S. by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) City Clean Energy Scorecard, and in 2020 Saint Paul was named the most improved of the country’s hundred largest cities.
ACEEE, as a nonprofit research organization, develops policies to reduce energy waste and combat climate change. Its independent analysis advances investments, programs, and behaviors that use energy more effectively and help build an equitable clean energy future.
The ACEEE City Clean Energy Scorecard is the go-to resource for tracking clean energy plans, policies, and progress in large cities across the United States. It compiles information on local policies and actions to advance energy efficiency and the move toward a cleaner electric grid and fuels, comparing 100 large cities across all energy sectors. It also assesses cities’ focus on equity, policy performance, and smart growth across these sectors.