In a week focused on advancing U.S.-China city climate action, C40 announced today that it has brought on global electric vehicle leader BYD as a funding partner for the third edition of the C40 Awards, which will take place this year on December 3 in Paris during the COP21 climate negotiations.

“BYD could not be more excited to collaborate with C40 to promote the low-emission economy and enhance climate action,” said Sherry Li, marketing director of BYD overseas group. “C40 and BYD have the same goal, which is to make the cities greener, more environmentally friendly and more intelligent."

Launched in 2013, the C40 Awards were created to recognize successes, catalyze ambition, and share lessons amongst cities around the world.

“The C40 Cities Awards have become a gold standard for recognizing climate action leadership in cities; and we welcome BYD as a partner in this year’s event,” said Kevin Austin, Deputy Executive Director of C40. “Each year, the finalist and winning projects inspire other cities to implement solutions faster and more efficiently, collectively making a global impact in tackling climate change and driving sustainable urban development."

The C40-BYD partnership is a component of C40’s strategic aim to enhance climate action in Chinese cities, while also cultivating clean transportation systems in cities throughout the world. Earlier this week at the landmark U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles, C40 announced the cities of Guangzhou and Nanjing have joined its global network, bringing the total membership of Chinese megacities to seven.

For the full press release, click here.

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