HDR Partners with CDP to Support the Transition to Low Carbon Cities

HDR has announced a partnership with CDP to support cities in reporting on GHG emissions and climate risk. This is the second year HDR has worked with the organization as an accredited service provider to the CDP Cities program.

CDP is a not-for-profit organization that runs the global disclosure system enabling companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. The organization has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. It has worked with over 300 cities globally to manage over 1.67 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Both HDR and CDP recognize the critical role of cities in advancing a low carbon future.  CDP’s work complements HDR’s efforts to identify and implement low carbon pathways,” said HDR’s Sustainability Director Michaella Wittmann. “Becoming an accredited service provider confirms HDR’s expertise in providing community scale GHG accounting and climate change strategy consulting services.” 

“CDP is thrilled to continue working with HDR to drive cities to measure, disclose and manage their environmental impacts, and put them on the path towards taking meaningful climate action” said Kyra Appleby, CDP’s global director of cities, states and regions. “HDR’s wide-ranging expertise makes them a valued partner to CDP and a strong resource for CDP’s municipal network.”

HDR first became affiliated with CDP in 2016 when the company sponsored the CDP Cities Workshop, which convened about 50 North American cities that voluntarily disclose climate change strategy and GHG emissions data to CDP. At the workshop, HDR professionals presented on recent work to transform New York City’s buildings for a low-carbon future. HDR led the study for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to identify greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies for the building sector.

HDR’s work in this area dates to 2011 when HDR established a goal to reduce its own GHG emissions by 20 percent by 2020, adjusted for growth. To track progress toward the reduction goal, HDR began calculating its GHG emission inventory annually in 2011 in accordance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, the most widely used, voluntary GHG accounting standard in the world. “Partnering with CDP was a logical next step,” Wittmann said.

About CDP
CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 6,300 companies with some 55% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2017. This is in addition to the over 500 cities and 100 states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition.

About HDR
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.

Note: On Tuesday, July 31, HDR staff will present a webinar to CDP cities, states and regions entitled, "Assessing Climate Risk to Prioritize Action & Mitigate Risk." To register, please see the link to the upcoming CDP webinar on this page.