• 05-SEP-2013

C40 & Siemens inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards honor ten cities for excellence in urban sustainability

• Ten winning cities from around the world
• Ten categories encompassing the most important aspects of climate action
• C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg: "Using innovative local approaches, cities are having an impact on climate change globally."

Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the winners of the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards at a ceremony held this evening at the Crystal in London. The Awards honored ten cities for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. The winning cities and their award categories are:

• Bogota (Urban Transportation)
• Copenhagen (Carbon Measurement & Planning)
• Melbourne (Energy Efficient Built Environment)
• Mexico City (Air Quality)
• Munich (Green Energy)
• New York City (Adaptation & Resilience)
• Rio de Janeiro (Sustainable Communities)
• San Francisco (Waste Management)
• Singapore (Intelligent City Infrastructure)
• Tokyo (Finance & Economic Development)

"The C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards are dedicated to the idea that cities – by refusing to wait for action from national governments and international bodies – can lead the way in addressing the risks posed by climate change," said C40 Chair, and Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg. "Using innovative local approaches, cities are having an impact on climate change globally. I congratulate the ten award recipients and look forward to seeing their projects progress and then spread across the C40 network and beyond."

"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", said Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens' Infrastructure & Cities Sector.

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. Highlights of the award winning initiatives will be showcased in the Sustainable Cities exhibition at the Crystal and in a forthcoming report.