C40 Summit Video Blog Series: Martin Powell, Global Head of Urban Development at Siemens on the value of public-private partnership

*Editor’s note: In partnership with the City of Johannesburg we conducted a series of video interviews with mayors, leading sustainability officials and partner thought leaders during the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 4-6, 2014. Take a look at our growing catalogue of video blogs to date…and stay tuned for more over the coming weeks.

In a recent interview at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, Martin Powell, Global Head of Urban Development at Siemens, said urbanisation is one of the big megatrends of today, and a huge element of why Siemens wanted to bring a partnership with C40 together. The C40 and Siemens collaboration is both a both a technical partnership and a global prize competition to recognize global cities demonstrating excellence in urban sustainability.

Speaking about the technical partnership, Powell noted its value to cities is threefold: helping cities generate credible and reliable emissions data, plan climate action, and, finally, “match” technology and provide strong insight that cities can act on. Having the evidence is the key factor, he stressed.

“C40 is an organization where knowledge is shared. We simply input to that. We put technology into that discussion….The partnership is about helping understand where cities are emitting, and thinking about, in the climate action plans, where the optimum ways are of investing in order to get these big [GHG] reductions.”

Watch the full interview here.