Cities in Romania to measure and cure their impact on the environment
1 February 2016 – CSR BootIQ is pleased to mark its first anniversary by joining CDP as Romania Partner to CDP Cities.
The number of cities around the world adopting low-carbon energy initiatives is increasing, over a third of the cities disclosing to CDP currently developing climate change strategies and setting themselves, adaptation, resilience and renewable energy goals.
Whether it is divided into air quality, noise levels, cleanliness or green spaces, environment is a critical issue for urban populations. The European Commission’s “Quality of life in cities” perception survey of 2013 places Bucharest among the European capitals with the least satisfied population in terms of air quality and noise levels. Piatra Neamt, on the other hand, is listed among the cleanest cities.
“Local action is needed, and we can only achieve a carbon-free economy through collective action and partnerships. We welcome CSR BootIQ, a company that works with Global Reporting Initiative and other well-known organizations, as our Partner in Romania. With their support on the ground we would be able to expand our programme and include Romanian cities in our annual reports,” said Conor Riffle, Director, CDP Cities and Data Product Innovation.
“Working with CDP is a privilege,” said Cristina Balan, CSR BootIQ Managing Partner. “We were early in the inception stage when we decided to set up strong partnerships with major international organizations. Although our cooperation with CDP Cities starts in a challenging year for all communities in Romania as they would re-elect their mayors and local governments, we are excited to expand our range of services and competencies.”
Social risks as a result of climate change tend to become a burden for local authorities globally. The first step in addressing such risks is to accept that they are there to stay, even increase unless these risks are properly assessed. The next step is to see them as economic opportunities rather than vulnerabilities.
About CSR BootIQ
CSR BootIQ is a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training Partner, a licensed AA1000 Assurance Provider, an exclusive partner for Romania and the Republic of Moldova of the Council for Responsible Sports, and a partner of CDP Cities.
CSR BootIQ is dedicated to connecting, inspiring and supporting organizations willing to implement sustainable business practices; building compliant supply chains; helping companies of any size gain competitive advantages; and improving the lives of Romanian employees and their families, as well as of the communities surrounding business operations.
CSR BootIQ supports a strategic approach to sustainability that leads towards corporate social responsibility policies fully embedded into routine activities conducted by any organization.
CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 822 institutional investors with assets of US$95 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them.
Through CDP, cities around the world are measuring, monitoring and managing their impact on the environment. Over the past five years, CDP has worked with over 300 cities to manage over 1.67 billion metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. CDP's cities program demonstrates that cities are better managing their risk and increasing resiliency through more than 4,800 activities to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
More than 5,500 companies and 300 cities disclosed environmental information through CDP in 2015. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.