As COP26 - one of the most important climate conferences in history - ended, a new generation of cities leading from the front on climate change emerged. 95 cities (up from 88 cities in 2020) are named on the A List 2021 as bold leaders in environmental transparency and action, with almost half (46 cities) being new for 2021.
Spanning every continent, the cities stretch from Canada to Japan; South Africa to New Zealand. However, with a combined population of 108 million, A List cities represent only a tiny proportion of the 4.2 billion people who live in cities worldwide. This highlights the urgent need for more cities to raise their climate ambition post-COP26, for those who live and work within them.