Seoul

Republic of Korea
Mayor Won-soon Park, Elected 2011

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Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Anne Hidalgo and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today announced they’re working to create schemes to score new cars based on their real-world emissions and their impact on air quality. The schemes will help consumers make better informed choices about the environmental impact of the cars they drive and prevent car manufacturers from exploiting loopholes in existing labelling schemes.

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Through C40’s Private Building Efficiency Network, cities work together to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial and residential buildings. In 2014 several cities, led by Tokyo, developed the report Urban Efficiency: a global survey of building energy efficiency policies in cities. The report incorporated best practices from around the world, including financial incentives, sectoral benchmarking, and building optimisation programmes into city energy plans and roadmaps. Other cities used it as an evidence base to push for the introduction of new, ambitious building energy policies or expand already successful schemes. We hope the next instalment of this report will prove just as valuable.

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Around the world, mayors and local leaders are taking steps to tackle climate change whilst addressing issues of poverty and social inequality. Through a series of short films and an accompanying print publication – all made possible with generous support from the Citi Foundation – C40 is excited to feature six mayors who are delivering inclusive climate action in their cities.  

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Nuestras ciudades están en el frente de la crisis del cambio climático. La subida del nivel del mar amenaza a millones de ciudadanos con inundaciones y, a su vez, los inviernos más fríos y los veranos más calurosos afectan especialmente a las zonas más vulnerables de nuestras ciudades. Las emisiones nocivas de los vehículos que circulan por el centro de nuestras ciudades contaminan el aire que respiran nuestros hijos. 

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Nos villes sont en première ligne de la crise du changement climatique. L’élévation du niveau de la mer menace des millions de personnes avec des inondations, pendant que des hivers plus froids et des étés plus chauds accablent les plus vulnérables de nos villes. Les émissions nocives des véhicules qui roulent dans nos centres urbains polluent l’air que nos enfants respirent.

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Our cities are on the frontline of the climate change crisis. Rising sea levels threaten millions of citizens with flooding, while colder winters and hotter summers take their toll on the most vulnerable in our cities. The noxious emissions from vehicles passing through our city centres pollute the air that our children breathe. 

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Today, C40 announced the 35 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD. The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.

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At the City Climate Leadership Awards ceremony in New York in September, the C40 News team interviewed representatives from several of the winning cities. The interviews, which were also syndicated on Denmark’s largest TV network, gave the winners an opportunity to share the successes of their projects, the impact cities can have in a global context, and what it means to be part of C40.

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C40 city Seoul recently won a United Nations award for its “Eco Mileage System”, an innovative online program that drives reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions in households and businesses. The program was recognized in the category “Fostering participation in public policy decision making through innovative mechanisms” in this year’s UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA). This annual competition sponsored by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management recognizes excellence in public service in countries worldwide.

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Seoul, Houston & Rio de Janeiro were featured last week on CNN International’s mini-series The City, as part of the network’s ongoing collaboration with the C40. The series profiles the sustainable future of five C40 cities on five different continents and features C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg discussing how cities are leading the way in addressing the risks that climate change poses.

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