C40, Siemens honor cities for excellent climate change efforts

Siemens along with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) has announced the winners of the City Climate Leadership Awards 2014 at a ceremony held in New York City.

The Awards honor cities from different parts of the world for their contribution in urban sustainability and leadership shown in climate change activities. The winning cities in the ten award categories 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)

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The C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards demonstrate the breadth, scale and impact of the most innovative climate actions in cities around the world. It is hoped that the knowledge and experience of these winners will help drive other cities to implement on-the-ground solutions more efficiently. Through collaboration, cities continue to deliver the results that are having a global impact, said, Eduardo Paes, chairman, C40, mayor, Rio de Janeiro.

In the fight against climate change, cities have the most crucial role to play of which they are aware. Bold approaches are clearly visible with out-of-the-box thinking and smart ingenuity. These are not just ideas but these are ideas that make a difference, said, Roland Busch, CEO, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities.

The winners were celebrated at an Awards Ceremony including Eduardo Paes, Roland Busch, C40 Board President Michael R. Bloomberg and Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister.

The event was attended by around 250 decision-makers from cities around the world including national leaders, mayors, city planners, policy makers and representatives from the business world.

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