Expert Voices: Dinka Karakasic, Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Siemens

As C40 & Siemens prepare for the upcoming City Climate Leadership Awards event, to be held in London September 4 and 5, we hear from Siemens’ own Dinka Karakasic on what awards competitions can do for cities.

There is no doubt that awards competitions have the power to motivate participants to deliver their best. And cities are no exception. That is why C40 and Siemens have created the City Climate Leadership Awards: to give cities international recognition for the actions they have taken to combat climate change – and to drive even more innovative and impactful solutions in the future.

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On September 4th and 5th, mayors and city delegates from around the world will gather at the Crystal – Siemens’ London-based centre for sustainable cities – for an Awards ceremony and conference highlighting outstanding urban environmental projects. Twenty-nine cities from around the world have been shortlisted as finalists in ten Awards categories, ranging from urban transportation and waste management to the pressing issues of climate adaptation and resilience. The 10 winning cities will be chosen by an international judging panel that has vast expertise and experience in urban sustainability.

The innovative projects or initiatives of the shortlisted cities demonstrate in a range of ways how cities are leading the world in addressing climate change. Examples include cities that have reduced traffic congestion or achieved zero waste targets, even as their populations and economies grew. In other examples, cities are role models for how to respond to natural disasters; how to make entire neighbourhoods CO2 neutral; or how to employ ICT to create “smart cities” whose operations are more efficient, safe and clean.

The C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards offer a unique opportunity to learn from the innovative solutions happening in cities across the globe. The Awards will rightly celebrate the strong leadership cities have taken on the issue of climate change – and re-affirm how individual action by the world’s megacities can lead to significant and collective global impact.