C40 Cities Awards

The C40 Cities Awards are granted in 10 categories and provide global recognition for cities that are demonstrating climate action leadership.


The C40 Cities Awards

Mayors continue to deliver important, innovative policies and programmes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resiliency. On December 1st, from thirty-five outstanding finalists, eleven were announced as winners, including:

  • • Climate Action Plans & Inventories: Portland 
  • • Adaptation Plans & Assessments: Paris 
  • • Building Energy Efficiency: Melbourne & Sydney 
  • • Clean Energy: Yokohama 
  • • Finance & Economic Development: Shenzhen 
  • • Solid Waste: Kolkata 
  • • Adaptation in Action: Copenhagen
  • • Transportation: Addis Ababa
  • • Sustainable Communities: Curitiba
  • • Social Equity & Climate Change: Seoul ​


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Awards Categories

The C40 Cities Awards reward cities that have implemented outstanding projects, programmes, policies and practices to combat climate change and reduce climate risks in the fields of 10 categories.

Climate Action Plans & Inventories

Adaptation Plans & Assessments

Building Energy Efficiency

Clean Energy

Finance & Economic Development

Solid Waste

Adaptation in Action


Sustainable Communities

Social Equity & Climate Change 

Explore the categories or contact us for further information.


Awards Ceremony

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Palacio de Minería
Calle de Tacuba 7
Historic District, Mexico City, Mexico
18:30 Opening Reception
19:30 Awards
20:30 Closing Reception


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The 2016 C40 Cities Awards Finalist are: 

  • • Climate Action Plans & Inventories: Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Paris, Portland 
  • • Adaptation Plans & Assessments: Belo Horizonte, New York City, Paris 
  • • Building Energy Efficiency: Guangzhou, Melbourne & Sydney, San Francisco 
  • • Clean Energy: Johannesburg, Vancouver, Washington DC, Yokohama 
  • • Finance & Economic Development: Canberra, Toronto, Shenzhen 
  • • Solid Waste: Auckland, Kolkata, Milan 
  • • Adaptation in Action: Copenhagen, Hong Kong, San Francisco
  • • Transportation: Addis Ababa, Houston, Mexico City, Taiyuan, Wuhan
  • • Sustainable Communities: Auckland, Cape Town, Curitiba, Toronto
  • • Social Equity & Climate Change: New York City, Portland, Seoul ​


Further details on our Finalists’ projects will be featured from 4 October 2016. 


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The 2016 C40 Cities Awards are produced in association with Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD.

Learn more about the partners behind the C40 Cities Awards 




C40 also works with Sustainia produce the Cities100, a publication which seeks to identify, connect, and communicate the most groundbreaking solutions to the problems of climate change that afflict cities today.



The 2016 Awards Jury panel was composed of:

David Miller: Chair of the Jury Panel, President & CEO, WWF Canada; Former Mayor of Toronto; Former C40 Chair
Dr. Fauzi Bowo: Former Governor of Jakarta; Indonesian Ambassador to Germany
Amanda Eichel: Special Advisor, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Nicky Gavron AM: Former Deputy-Mayor of London; London Assembly Member
Stella Li: Senior Vice-President, BYD Company Limited
Mr. Kgosiento Ramokgopa: Former Mayor of Tshwane
Rodrigo Rosa: Special Advisor to the C40 Chair; Executive Representative of the City of Rio de Janeiro in the C40 Climate Leadership Group
Dr. Leena Srivastava: Vice-Chancellor, TERI University
Professor Jie Tang: Former Vice-Mayor of Shenzhen


Click here for more information about the 2016 Awards Jury, including bios (forthcoming) and exusals. 



Press Releases to date can be found below:


Please explore past coverage of the 20152014 and 2013 Awards here, or view the C40 Media page to learn more about our organisation in the media.

For all media enquiries, please contact media@c40.org.


2016 Awards

The 2016 C40 Cities Awards will once again aim to share highly replicable ‘best practices’ across cities and draw attention to outstanding performances that have achieved a high level of environmental success in a challenging context. The Awards Ceremony will take place on 1 December 2016 in Mexico City, to coincide with the C40 Mayors Summit.

2015 Awards

The 2015 C40 Cities Awards took place during the pivotal COP21 meeting in Paris, and were successful in sharing highly replicable ‘best practices’ across cities, while drawing attention to outstanding performances that have achieved a high level of environmental success in a challenging context. The Winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on 3rd December in Paris, France.

2014 Awards

The second edition of this worldwide awards program rewarded best practices not only from well recognized leaders but also hidden champions, less known innovators and their outstanding performance that has been achieved with small budgets or in difficult environments.

The 2014 Awards resulted in 87 applications from more than 40 cities. Submissions were well spread across the ten Awards categories and came from cities all over the world.

2013 Awards

The inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards Ceremony was held at the Crystal in London on September 4-5, 2013 and featured C40 Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, London Mayor Boris Johnson, and CEO of Siemens Infrastructure and Cities Sector Roland Busch.

The City Climate Leadership Awards Conference, also held on September 5, 2013, brought cities together to share best practices recognized through the Awards in a workshop environment.