Today, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the 33 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the third-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and global electric vehicle leader BYD Company Ltd.  Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, serves as Chair of the C40 Cities Awards Jury Panel. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to take place in Paris on December 3, during the COP21 climate negotiations.

The C40 Cities Awards provide global recognition for cities demonstrating world-leading policies and programmes that reduce emissions and improve sustainability; they represent a breadth of tangible climate solutions in key sectors including building energy efficiency, low-carbon transport and climate adaptation, making cities all over the world more liveable.

"The finalist cities have shown incredible creativity and leadership in tackling climate change, and the C40 Cities Awards enable other leaders around the world to learn from these successes and bring solutions rapidly to scale.” said Antha Williams, who leads the Environment Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies and serves on the C40 Board. “Cities lead in global efforts to combat climate change, and their local climate action and commitments are helping nations to set more ambitious goals during global negotiations in Paris during COP21."

This year, C40 received more than 200 applications from 94 cities, which were reviewed in partnership with sustainability think tank and consultancy Sustainia.  Of the ten awards categories, four are open only to C40 cities and cities that have committed or intend to commit to the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials committed to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change and track their progress transparently. The Finalist projects were selected based on five assessment criteria, including innovation, co-benefits, and ability to replicate and scale the project.

Read the Press Release here

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