Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

Summary

  • The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a non-profit organisation established in London in 2000.
  • The CDP is the largest climate change-focused data collection and assessment programme. It requests information on greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and the risks and opportunities from climate change from the world’s largest companies.
  • Since 2002, more than 8,400 companies have taken part in data collection for the CDP.

Objectives

  1. To make environmental reporting and risk management a standard practice for businesses.
  2. To create transparency about environmental data. This includes climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption.

Reporting framework

  • The CDP currently offers three questionnaires (Climate Change, Water Security and Forests) which are scored using different methodologies.
  • The questionnaires consist of generic questions alongside sector-specific questions aimed at high-impact sectors.
  • The scoring of CDP questionnaires is conducted by accredited partners trained by the CDP.