• Encinitas is one of 95 cities to receive top score on climate action from environmental impact non-profit, CDP
  • A List cities build climate momentum, taking twice as many climate mitigation and adaptation measures as non-A Listers 
  • Only 9.8% of cities that were scored in 2021 received an A score

ENCINITAS, CA, November 18, 2021: The City of Encinitas has been recognized by CDP as one of 95 cities across the globe - almost half of them new to this year’s list - that is taking bold leadership on environmental action and transparency, despite the continued pressures of tackling the coronavirus pandemic on local and national economies and societies.

Designed to encourage and support cities to ramp up their climate action and ambition, CDP’s Cities A List is based on environmental data disclosed by cities to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System.  A clear momentum in city climate disclosure and action is building – for the first time, over 1,000 cities are reporting their environmental impact through CDP in 2021. Meanwhile, 965 cities received a rating for their climate action from CDP in 2021, a substantial rise on the 591 cities scored in 2020.  

To score an A, a city must disclose publicly and have a city-wide emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target and a renewable energy target for the future and have published a climate action plan. It must also complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards. Many A List cities are also taking a variety of other leadership actions, including political commitment from a city’s Mayor to tackle climate change. 

To reflect the level of ambition needed to achieve 1.5°C targets, the bar for entry to the A List has been raised. As a result, in 2021, less than one in ten cities scored by CDP (9.8% of such cities) received an A.

A List cities are demonstrating their climate leadership through concerted and effective action, just as national governments were asked to do at COP26. They are taking twice as many mitigation and adaptation measures as non-A List cities, and also identify more than twice as many opportunities - such as the development of sustainable transport sectors and clean technology businesses - arising from the shift to a net-zero world.

The City of Encinitas, and the other 94 cities on this year’s A List, are also celebrated for showing  that urgent and impactful climate action - from ambitious emissions reduction targets to building resilience against climate change - is achievable at a global level, and in cities with different climate realities and priorities. However, this action needs to go further and faster to meet the new targets agreed at COP26.

“I am honored that the City of Encinitas has been named an A List city by CDP,” said Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “Building a better city and planet is reflected in our multi-faceted commitment to protecting the environment. We are continually strengthening our Climate Action Plan to do even more for the health of our ocean, our coast, our tree canopy and our entire planetary ecosystem.”

The City’s latest achievement is adopting a comprehensive Green Building Ordinance to support the City’s CAP goals. The Ordinance, adopted on October 27, 2021, is considered a “reach code,” as it exceeds California’s existing building energy standards. The Ordinance implements several measures contained in the City’s award-winning Climate Action Plan, including:


•           Decarbonize All New Residential Buildings

•           Decarbonize All New Commercial Buildings

•           Higher Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Buildings

•           Higher Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Buildings

•           Require Commercial Buildings to Install Solar Photovoltaic Systems


With the adoption of the Green Building Ordinance, Encinitas is the first local jurisdiction in the San Diego region to require all new buildings to include only electric appliances.

The full 2021 A List of cities can be found here: https://www.cdp.net/en/cities/cities-scores.

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About the City of Encinitas

Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 62,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. The city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia.

About CDP  
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 590 investors with over $110 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 14,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2021, including more than 13,000 companies worth over 64% 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. Visit cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.