C40 and Siemens Honor Cities for Leadership in Tackling Climate Change

Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the winners of the City Climate Leadership Awards 2014 at a ceremony held on Monday night in New York City. The Awards honor cities all over the world for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. The winning cities are:

  • Amsterdam (Finance & Economic Development)
  • Barcelona (Intelligent City Infrastructure)
  • Buenos Aires (Solid Waste Management)
  • London (Carbon Measurement & Planning and Air Quality)
  • Melbourne (Adaptation & Resilience)
  • New York City (Energy Efficient Built Environment)
  • Portland (Sustainable Communities)
  • Seoul (Green Energy)
  • Shenzhen (Urban Transportation)
  • Taipei (Citizen’s Choice)

"The C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards demonstrate the breadth, scale and impact of the most innovative climate actions in cities around the world," said 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,” said Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens Infrastructure & 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.”

The winners were celebrated at an Awards Ceremony featuring Eduardo Paes as well as Roland Busch, C40 Board President Michael R. Bloomberg and Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister. The event brought together more than 250 decision-makers from cities around the world including national leaders, mayors, city planners, policy makers and representatives from the business world.

This year marks the second collaboration between C40 and Siemens on this awards competition, which recognizes innovative city driven climate actions. Cities around the world submitted 87 applications. An independent, seven-member judging panel evaluated 31 projects to select the ten category winners, and the Citizen’s Choice winner was selected by an online vote which saw over 40,000 people take part.  

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