C40 Cities Awards 2016

December 1, 2016 Mexico City

Mayors continue to deliver important, innovative policies and programmes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resiliency. The C40 Cities Awards, launched in 2013, draws international recognition towards the critical role cities are playing as a leading force for climate action around the world, and showcases their success stories so that other cities will be inspired and empowered to act.

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. The Summit, taking place from 30 November to 2 December, will bring together the global network of C40 Mayors, prominent climate change experts, and industry leaders.

Please note, capacity is limited and access to the venue will close at 19:15. 


The C40 Cities Awards are granted in 10 categories, four of which are open to C40 Cities and cities that have committed to the Compact of Mayors – Climate Action Plans & Inventories, Adaptation Plans & Assessments, Building Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy.

The six remaining categories are open to all cities – Finance & Economic Development, Solid Waste, Adaptation in Action, Transportation, Sustainable Communities and Social Equity & Climate Change.  

Finalists for the 2016 Awards were announced on 20 September. The finalists 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