City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for urban sustainabilityOctober 2013
Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards.
The newly created City Climate Leadership Awards gives global recognition to cities whose performance and expertise in climate action will serve as a platform for learning for other cities going forward.
Bogota was recognised for its efforts to green its bus and taxi fleets (category, Urban Transporation), Rio for its Morar Carioca programme (category, Sustainable Communities) and Mexico City for its "ProAire" programme (category, Air Quality).
Roland Busch, ceo of Siemens' infrastructure & cities sector, commented: "The world's cities are facing similar problems. And taken together they account for up to 70 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. We all know two things: the fight against climate change will be decided in cities. And it is through co-operations that we can tackle climate change. The City Climate Leadership Awards are a prime example of our successful cooperation with C40. It helps cities to optimize their performances and share their experiences. Its value is immeasurable."
The other seven cities honoured were: Copenhagen (Carbon Measurement & Planning), Melbourne (Energy Efficient Built Environment); Munich (Green Energy), New York City (Adaptation & Resilience), San Francisco (Waste Management), Singapore (Intelligent City Infrastructure) and Tokyo (Finance & Economic Development).
An independent, seven-member judging panel consisting of former city Mayors, architects and representatives of the World Bank, C40 and Siemens evaluated 37 projects in 29 cities as award finalists. Following the awards ceremony, the 19 remaining finalist cities will participate in a digital & social media campaign, the "Citizen's Choice Award." Members of the public will vote online for the project they deem most innovative and forward-looking. The Citizen's Choice Awards will be announced in November 2013.
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