On 22 September, the winners of the City Climate Leadership Awards 2014 were announced by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The awards recognise excellence in urban sustainability and leadership, comprising ten categories that focus on some of the key areas of climate action.
From the 31 project finalists, which hailed from 26 cities across 19 countries, the following cities were selected as the award winners:
- Finance and Economic Development: Amsterdam.
- Intelligent City Infrastructure: Barcelona.
- Solid Waste Management: Buenos Aires.
- Carbon Measurement and Planning: London.
- Air Quality: London.
- Adaptation and Resilience: Melbourne.
- Energy Efficient Built Environment: New York City.
- Sustainable Communities: Portland.
- Green Energy: Seoul.
- Urban Transportation: Shenzhen.
Over 250 people attended the award ceremony in New York City, including national leaders, mayors, city planners, policy makers and representatives from business and industry.
“The C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards demonstrate the breadth, scale and impact of the most innovative climate actions in cities around the world,” explained C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. “I commend the winning cities for their leadership and commitment, and am confident that their knowledge and experience will help drive other cities to implement on-the-ground solutions faster and more efficiently. Through cooperation and collaboration, cities continue to deliver the results that are having a global impact.”
“In the fight against climate change, cities have the most crucial role to play,” added Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens Infrastructure and Cities Sector and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. “And cities are very aware of this. We were simply overwhelmed by the number and quality of environmentally impactful and innovative city initiatives from all over the world. We have seen bold approaches, out-of-the-box thinking and smart ingenuity. The key thing is: these are not just ideas but these are ideas that are making a difference.”
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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