For this week’s Awards spotlight, we’re focusing on the #Cities4ZeroWaste finalists that are transitioning our cities away from the landfil, and toward a greener way of processing (even repurposing!) urban waste.
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.
In 2008, the Chief Executive of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced their intention to support a low carbon economy. The Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance (BEEO) was subsequently legislated as a major government measure for achieving this goal. The BEEO seeks to drive energy efficiency through stringent codes of practice and energy audits, and targets most public and private commercial buildings in Hong Kong, excluding small and historic buildings.
After becoming a member in 2007 Hong Kong quickly saw the value of joining the C40 network, according to the city’s Undersecretary of the Environment Christine Loh. In addition to talking to other cities and sharing common problems, “sometimes, to our delight we are able to offer some of our own ideas to others,” she said during an interview at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg.