City Climate Leadership Awards 2014

The Finalists

Adaptation and Resilience

  • Jakarta – Socially-Inclusive Coastal Protection

    Jakarta is working to limit the impact that flooding will have on its citizens, restoring water systems and increasing capacity of rivers and canals.

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  • Melbourne – Urban Landscapes Climate Adaptation Program

    By increasing green space to 7.6% of municipal space and doubling the tree canopy, Melbourne is aiming to reduce drought vulnerability and cool the city by 4°C.

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  • New Orleans – Urban Water Plan

    The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan provides a roadmap for mitigating flood risk, limiting subsidence, and improving the quality of water.

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Air Quality

  • London – New Taxi for London

    The New Taxi for London scheme seeks to reduce black taxi emissions by up to 100% in central London and by around 75% in the rest of the city.

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  • Mexico City – Real-Time Monitoring of Carbon Concentrations

    Data generated from assessing real-time concentrations of black carbon will provide Mexico City with a base for creating public policies that protect public health.

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  • Taipei – Clean Air - It's Your Move

    By rewarding low-pollution vehicles and encouraging cycling and transit use, Taipei reduced pollution emissions and improved air quality and public health.

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Carbon Measurement & Planning

  • London – Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Using comprehensive emissions data, London will be able consider a greater range of mitigation actions and prioritize them more effectively.

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  • Seattle – Climate Action Plan

    Expected to be a carbon neutral city by 2050, the actions in this Plan reduce GHG emissions of the passenger transport and building energy sectors by 62% by 2030.

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  • Vancouver – Greenest City 2020 Action Plan

    The GCAP will help double the number of green jobs, eliminate dependence on fossil fuels and make walking, cycling & transit preferred transportation options.

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Energy Efficient Built Environment

  • London – RE:FIT and RE:NEW Programs

    London’s RE:FIT and RE:NEW programs seek to retrofit city buildings, reducing their water use, CO2, and NOx emissions.

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  • Los Angeles – Street Lighting LED Conversion Project

    Retrofitting street lighting in LA enhanced light quality, reduced energy consumption, reduced light pollution and improved street safety.

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  • New York – Greener, Greater Buildings Plan

    Reducing an estimated 5% of greenhouse gas emissions, this program can save the City $7 billion in energy costs and create roughly 17,800 jobs over 10 years.

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Finance and Economic Development

  • Amsterdam – Investment Fund

    In 2010, the Fund helped Amsterdam achieve a 20% emission reduction compared to 1990 levels, and is projected to reach 40% by 2025.

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  • Shenzhen – Carbon Trading Market

    Shenzhen’s Carbon Trading Market deals with 40% of the city’s total carbon emissions. The city projects a 30% reduction in carbon intensity by 2015.

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  • Washington D.C. – Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program

    The SRC program creates a market for voluntary stormwater retrofits in Washington DC, improving water retention across the district.

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Green Energy

  • Malmö – 100% Renewable Energy by 2030

    Malmö aims to be climate neutral by 2020, emphasizing energy efficiency, reducing energy use, encouraging a green modal shift and investing in renewable energy.

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  • Seoul – Make Seoul a City of Sunlight

    Seoul is building more Photovoltaic facilities, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as dependence on fossil fuels and oil.

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  • Vancouver – Neighborhood Energy Utility

    Vancouver aims to become the World’s Greenest City. This project plays a critical role through an expected 9,000 tons per year reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020.

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Intelligent City Infrastructure

  • Barcelona – Urban Platform

    Barcelona seeks to become a self-sufficient, hyper-connected, zero emissions city, with Information and Communications Technologies key to reaching this goal.

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  • Vienna – Aspern Smart City Research

    240 hectares of land is being developed in Vienna as a test bed of smart city technologies, bringing 8,500 hi-tech housing units to the city.

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  • Yokohama – Smart City Project

    The YSCP demonstrates energy management and demand response across the city, contributing to the city’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 16% by 2020.

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Solid Waste Management

  • Buenos Aires – Solid Urban Waste Reduction Project

    Major environmental goals for this project include treating 100% of waste prior to being sent to landfills, and reducing overall waste sent to landfills by 83% by 2017.

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  • Dhaka – Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan

    Dhaka hopes to collect and treat at least 68% of waste produced in the inner metropolitan area, which is a 180% increase on 2005 levels.

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  • Mexico City – Barter Market

    Diverting recyclable waste will ease pressure on the city’s landfills as well as generating employment opportunities for citizens.

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Sustainable Communities

  • Changwon – Sustainable Community Building Project

    Changwon’s Community Building Project resulted 132 community projects in 2012 alone, ranging from organic gardens to flea markets that improve recycling habits.

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  • Portland – Healthy Connected City Network

    Portland aims to bring complete neighborhoods – which are walkable, energy-efficient, and have a sustainable modal split – to 80% of the city’s population by 2035.

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  • Stockholm – Royal Seaport

    This development will improve the city’s sustainability by providing 12,000 apartments and 35,000 work places that will be combined with space for recreation.

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Urban Transportation

  • Johannesburg – Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit

    71,000 people use Johannesburg’s BRT system every day, exceeding the initial 65,000 estimate. The City expects 200,000 daily riders by 2020.

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  • Milan – Area C – Traffic-restricted Zone

    Milan’s traffic-restricted zone has seen a 28% decrease in congestion, 49% decrease in polluting vehicles, and increase in cleaner vehicles to 16.6% of total traffic.

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  • Oslo – Electric Vehicles

    All municipal cars in Oslo must be emission free by 2015. A fund worth US$8.3 million is available interest-free to support agencies replacing vehicles.

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  • Shenzhen – New Energy Vehicle Promotion

    This program has cut CO2 emissions by 160,000 tonnes between 2009 and 2013, leading to the city to be ranked in the top 10 for best air quality in China.

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C40 and Siemens initiated the City Climate Leadership Awards in 2013 and Siemens was partner for years 2013 and 2014.