CDP 2019 Climate Change scoring methodology
The scoring methodology provides a score which assesses progress towards environmental stewardship as reported by a company's CDP response. The score assesses the level of detail and comprehensiveness of the content, as well as the company's awareness of climate change issues, management methods and progress towards action taken on climate change as reported in the response.
This methodology should be used in conjunction with the CDP climate change questionnaire guidance 2019, and the "Introduction to CDP scoring 2019" document. It is strongly recommended to familiarize yourself with the contents of both the 2019 guidance and the 2019 Scoring introduction document before using the scoring methodology. Please note that the "Introduction to scoring 2019" document contains information essential for the understanding and correct use of this scoring methodology.
Several questions are scored for Leadership (please see Question level overview tab for further details) and a minimum threshold of points must be met to achieve the Leadership band.
In order to achieve A List status:
- A minimum threshold score of at least 65% of Leadership points must be achieved;
- The verification of both Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions (reported in C10.1a) is mandatory; in addition, verification needs to cover at least 70% of total Scope 1 and 2 emissions with no significant relevant exclusions (reported in C6.4);
- Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 emission figures need to also be reported (in C6.1 and 6.3 respectively);
- Your response must also be public upon submission through the ORS.
If maximum possible points are scored at Disclosure level, 1 Leadership point is awarded.
Primary sector scoring
Companies will only be scored on their primary questionnaire sector. This means that if more than one set of sector questions applies to your company, not all questions will be scored. Sector specific questions will be labelled to indicate which sector(s) they apply to. However, we encourage you to respond to all questions that apply to your company.
The sector-based approach allows CDP to make more meaningful assessments of companies' responses, incorporating each sector's characteristics and nuances, resulting in a score that reflects the company's progress in environmental stewardship and enabling better benchmarking against other companies.
In cross-check criteria within or between questions, unless another limit is explicitly stated, a variance limit of 5% will be used when comparing figures.
Status of this methodology
This methodology is intended to provide guidance to companies on how their response will be scored. In common with other scoring processes of this type, we expect to make future adjustments in light of the application of the methodology to the responses received.
“CDP reserves the right to remove, amend or alter scoring criteria as displayed in the scoring methodology at any time during the disclosure cycle, without notice or notification. Such changes will only be made in exceptional circumstances when necessary to ensure that the methodology remains fair, impartial and effective for the purpose of assessing progress towards environmental stewardship.”
CDP Climate Change Scoring Methodology 2019 - Version Control
|Version number||Release/revision date||Revision summary|
|1.1||12/04/2019||Revision to criteria in questions C1.1a, C1.3a, C2.3a, C2.4a, C4.1a, C4.1b, C8.2f
Revision to point allocation in questions C8.2f, C12.4, C-MM9.3b
Update to Awareness criteria (i) in question C1.1b. The selection of any option, excluding "Other, please specify", in column "Frequency with which climate-related issues are a scheduled agenda item" will now be awarded 2 Awareness points
|1.2||18/04/2019||Revision to criteria in questions C2.3a, C2.4a
Update to Disclosure & Awareness criteria in question C-OG7.1b. Disclosure is now scored by per cell proportional scoring, Awareness is now scored by per row row proportional scoring. Disclosure denominator decreased to 6 points.
Update to Disclosure criteria in question C-CE7.7/C-CH7.7/C-CO7.7/C-MM7.7/C-OG7.7/C-ST7.7/C-TO7.7/C-TS7.7. Link to selection in question C6.2 column "Scope 2, market-based" is now included.
|1.3||26/04/2019||Revision to criteria in questions C2.1, C4.3b, C7.9a|
|1.4||03/05/2019||Correction to criteria in C4.1b - SBT approved target corrected to be worth 2 Management points.|
|1.5||31/05/2019||Revision to criteria in questions C1.3a, C4.1b, C7.3b
Revision to point allocation in questions C2.4b, C8.2b
|1.6||07/06/2019||Revision to Management criteria ii) in question C4.3b
Revision to expression of criteria in questions C-CE8.2a, C-CE8.2c, C-CH8.2a, C-MM8.2a, and C-ST8.2a. The scoring logic remains the same, but is now expressed as proportional scoring.
|1.7||21/06/2019||Revision to criteria in questions C7.1a and C7.2 - addition of 5% variance allowance in figures
Revision to criteria in C8.2a - correction of incorrect column names used in Management and Leadership criteria calculation
Clause added to methodology introduction, stating that cross check between figures will always be allowed a limit of 5% variance unless stated.
|1.8||15/01/2020||Revision to criteria in question C2.3a, reflecting that column 'Type of financial impact' is no longer scored.
Revision to criteria in question C-TO7.8, reflecting that column 'Metric denominator' is no longer scored.
Revision to criteria in question C-TO8.4, reflecting that column 'Metric denominator' is no longer scored.
Revision to criteria in question C-TS8.4, reflecting that column 'Metric denominator' is no longer scored.
Revision to criteria in question C-TO9.3/C-TS9.3, reflecting that columns 'Technology' and 'Metric Unit' are no longer scored.
Revision to criteria in question C-AC13.2a/C-FB13.2a/C-PF13.2a, reflecting that the question is no longer scored.