Climate change program guidance

Timeline 2016

The timeline depends on how you have been requested to respond to CDP.

  • Requested by investors only
    Companies receive the request in February and must submit entirely by June 30.
  • Requested by both investors and customers (see supply chain program)        
    Companies receive the investor request in February, and the supply chain request in early April. The main questionnaire must be submitted by June 30 and supply chain module by July 28.
    Follow the step-by-step guide to submit both CDP climate change and CDP supply chain questionnaires.


The questionnaire is divided into several sections in order to fully understand the actions your company is undertaking to mitigate climate change risks.

Reporting guidance

This document explains each question in detail and includes what information to provide, the required format, and where to find tools or further information to construct your answer.

Responder pack

This includes the questionnaire, drafting word document, main guidance, scoring methodology, and ORS guidance.


Carbon Action

Carbon Action is an investor-led initiative to accelerate company action on carbon reduction and energy efficiency activities which deliver a satisfactory return on investment.
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CDP's sector focus

Discover how CDP seeks to increase and tailor disclosure from companies in high impact sectors to gather insight into their environmental performance.
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Resources for responding
Guidance webinars
Live webinars
  • Understanding CDP’s 2016 Methodology
    Join FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) for their webinar, ‘Understanding CDP’s 2016 Methodology’. As CDP’s Global Scoring Partner, FCS has scored 15,600+ responses since 2011 and is an expert in the methodology.
    FCS will help you understand:
    • The new single-letter scoring standard;
    • Changes in Scope 2 accounting and dual reporting;
    • Expanded criteria for target setting;
    • New questions on renewable energy; and
    • Changes in risk and opportunities.

    April 21 & 28, 2016 16:00-17:00 BST

  • An Introduction to CDP in Southeast Asia
    This webinar is a platform for companies invited to respond to CDP in 2016 to understand the disclosure process of its programs, and help companies understand the value and benefits of reporting to CDP. For this session, we will focus a large part of our discussion on CDP’s climate change program.
    In this short 40-min Q&A style webinar, we will touch upon the latest updates from CDP in terms of scoring, and discuss the most frequently-asked questions we receive from our clients relating to CDP. Topics to be discussed will include:
    • Participation in CDP and the benefits of responding;
    • Changes to CDP scoring in 2016;
    • CDP's climate change program and others;
    • Reporting effectively and reporting boundaries; and
    • The CDP reporting timeline.

    April 21, 2016 09:00 BST // 16:00 SGT

  • Recorded webinars
    Scoring information

    Scoring methodology 2016
    Question-level information on scoring for the climate change questionnaire.
    The climate change scoring methodology is also available as an excel workbook (zip) and in Portuguese.

    Scoring introduction
    An introduction to how scoring is applied to all CDP programs.

    Score mapping
    Translate your 2015 scores into a 2016 scoring band.
    Please watch our recorded webinar on how to use this mapping tool.

    Score Categories
    Explanation of the score feedback categories

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    Scoring webinars

    CDP scoring information
    A recorded introduction webinar on CDP's scoring approach.

    Your CDP score
    A recorded webinar to provide an understanding of your CDP score.

    CDP Scoring: mapping your 2015 score to the 2016 scoring bands
    A webinar recording

    Scoring policies
    Sector modules

    CDP's sector specific questionnaire modules allows companies in high impact sectors to disclose information on the issues that are most relevant to them and produce further relevant data for investors.

    Depending on your sector you may be presented with a sector spec​ific module. It is also possible to opt in voluntarily at question CC0.6.

    Oil and Gas Questionnaire | Guidance | Drafting Document (zip)

    Electric Utilities Questionnaire | Guidance | Drafting Document (zip)

    Auto and Auto Component Manufacturer Questionnaire | Guidance | Drafting Document (zip)

    Information and Communications Technology Questionnaire | Guidance | Drafting Document (zip)

    Food, Beverage and Tobacco Questionnaire | Guidance | Drafting Document (zip)

    Third party emissions verification
    The growing demand for reliable data drives the importance of verification. Although verification is not currently a requirement for your response, CDP encourages companies to verify their data.

    Read about CDP's approach to verification

    View accepted and rejected verification standards for CDP reporting

    Verification FAQs

    CDP Verification Template 2016

    Alignment with other reporting initiatives

    Linking up GRI and CDP

    A document jointly produced by CDP and GRI identifies the linkages between CDP's 2016 climate change questionnaire and GRI’s G4 guidelines to assist companies with their response.

    Aligning the Dow Jones Sustainability Index with CDP

    In 2013, RobecoSAM, the company behind the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), produced with S&P Dow Jones Indices, aligned its climate strategy questions with a subset of CDP’s climate change questions. The questions will remain aligned in 2015.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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