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 emissions and improve sustainability. Launched in 2013, the City Climate Leadership Awards were created to recognize those successes, catalyze ambition, and share lessons with cities around the world.

The 2015 newly named ‘C40 Cities Awards’ will take place in the evening of December 3rd 2015 in Paris, to coincide with the activities around the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21). The Winning Cities will be announced and recognised on a global scale at this world renowned Awards Ceremony.

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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, including 2 new categories for 2015.

Carbon Measurement & Planning

Adaptation Planning & Assessment

Building Energy Efficiency

Green Energy

Finance & Economic Development

Solid Waste

Adaptation Implementation

Smart Cities & Smart Community Engagement

Sustainable Communities


Explore the 2015 Award Categories.

Application Window

Applications are open from 6th July and must be submitted online by 17th August 2015.

Who can apply?

City Self-Nomination:

The Mayor’s office or the relevant department within the city’s administration submit applications for the C40 Cities Awards.

Third Party Nomination:  

Third party organisations are welcome to nominate projects, programmes, or policies for the C40 Cities Awards and the Cities100. 

Read the Application Guide

An in-depth manual has been created to assist with the application process, including further information on eligibility and assessment criteria.  Before you submit your applications online, ensure that you fit the eligibility criteria. Submissions can be prepared offline using the editable PDF Application Form

Eligibility Criteria

1.Four categories are open to C40 cities and / or cities that have committed to the Compact of Mayors;

  • Carbon Measurement & Planning
  • Adaptation Planning & Assessment (new category for 2015)
  • Building Energy Efficiency
  • Green Energy

2. All other categories are open to all cities;

  • Finance & Economic Development
  • Solid Waste
  • Adaptation Implementation (new category for 2015)
  • Smart Cities & Smart Community Engagement
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Transportation


3. Projects have to have been initiated within the last four years;

4. Projects need to have funds secured.

Before you submit your application, ensure that you fit the criteria above and check the Application Guide for further information,

Ready to Apply?

Applications must be submitted online by 17th August 2015.

Submissions can be prepared offline using the editable PDF Application Form to collect all the information. 

Once the applications are ready for submission, the information should be transferred to the online application form, along with photos from the project and additional support material.

Visit the official application site to submit your projects or download the Application Guide for further details on the eligibility criteria and selection process. 

Note that a Chinese version of the Application Guide and PDF Application Form are also available upon request.

Jury Panel

Information on the jury panel will be available soon.

You may also wish learn more about past winners and finalists from previous award ceremonies: click to explore the 2013 and 2014 awards.


Media coverage from the 2015 Awards will be available after the event.

Please explore past coverage of the 2014 and 2013 Awards here, or view the C40 Media page to learn more about our organization in the media.

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.