Today the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced that Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has been elected to succeed New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as the new Chair of the C40 Steering Committee. Mayor Bloomberg will stay on as President of the C40 Board.
The Steering Committee is made up of Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, New York City, Seoul, and Tokyo.
As C40 Chair, Mayor Paes will lead the strategic direction of the organisation and build upon Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy of establishing the C40 as the world’s leading climate action organisation. As President of the Board, Mayor Bloomberg will oversee day-to-day operations of the organisation’s professional staff and serve as a key counselor to both the new chair and the organisation.
Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the winners of the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards at a ceremony held this evening at the Crystal in London. The Awards honored ten cities for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. The winning cities and their award categories are:
- Bogota (Urban Transportation)
- Copenhagen (Carbon Measurement & Planning)
- Melbourne (Energy Efficient Built Environment)
- Mexico City (Air Quality)
- Munich (Green Energy)
- New York City (Adaptation & Resilience)
- Rio de Janeiro (Sustainable Communities)
- San Francisco (Waste Management)
- Singapore (Intelligent City Infrastructure)
- Tokyo (Finance & Economic Development)
Global Prize Competition Highlights Excellence in Urban Sustainability
Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) today announced the 29 finalist cities competing in 10 categories for the initial City Climate Leadership Awards. The winners will be named at the Awards presentation event in London, at the Crystal on September 4, 2013.
While national governments struggle to establish an agreed global climate deal, many of the world’s largest cities have been taking action to combat the effects of a changing climate. As a result, these cities are cutting their carbon footprint, reporting annual energy savings of up to US$13 million, and their residents are benefitting from healthier living and better business environments. These and other findings are published today in a new report from CDP.
June 5, 2013 (Shanghai) - The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) today announced a global partnership to advance investments related to energy conservation and carbon emission reduction in existing buildings in cities around the world. The partnership agreement was signed today at ULI's annual Asia-Pacific Real Estate Summit in Shanghai.
In partnership, the organizations will forge better connections between public sector officials and private building owners in C40 cities that are actively engaged in reducing the energy consumption and carbon emissions of buildings.
“Energy consumption in private buildings represents one of the single largest sectors of emissions in most C40 Cities. Developing partnerships that support the efforts of city officials in C40 Cities to better understand data challenges and engage with local energy consumers is vitally important to achieving the ultimate goal of lowering total emissions from this sector,” said Terri Wills, Director, C40 Global Initiatives.
MAY 6, 2013 (New York, NY) – The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) today announced a new Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action that will help cities better prepare for natural disasters and severe weather incidents. The new C40 Risk Assessment Framework will create a common approach for cities to assess climate risk and provide a process to help cities prioritize risk before investing in climate actions.
“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the recent floods in Jakarta and Sao Paulo, it is clear we need to empower cities to take the necessary actions to protect their citizens, infrastructure and economies from the devastating impacts of natural disasters,” said C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “While a growing number of cities have efforts underway to measure climate risk, there is a high degree of uncertainty and variability in their methodologies and approaches. The C40 Risk Assessment Framework, by creating a common approach to this challenge, will become the global standard by which all cities measure and manage climate risk."
New York (April 26, 2013) - The Cities of Sao Paulo and Stockholm and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group announced today that Sao Paulo and Stockholm will lead the Climate Positive Development Program, a C40 network created to help cities address the dual challenge of rapid urbanization and climate change.
Sao Paulo, a C40 Megacity, and Stockholm, a C40 Innovator City, offer an ideal combination of mayoral leadership, a proven track record of accomplishment and a commitment to finding replicable solutions in their own cities and across the C40. Sao Paulo and Stockholm will work with dedicated C40 staff and other participating cities to accelerate the implementation of best practice sustainable urban planning strategies for district-scale new build and regeneration projects.
APRIL 25, 2013 (New York, NY) - A new report being released today by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) shows the very promising results of new, clean bus technology which could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, noise and overall pollution in the world’s leading urban centers.
Announced by C40 Chair, New York City Michael R. Bloomberg at the New York Times Building Sustainable Cities conference, the Hybrid and Electric Bus Test Program, an initiative designed and implemented by the C40 in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative, and with financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), provides results that show that hybrid and electric bus technologies can perform as well or better than comparable diesel-powered buses, and with a greater economic benefit.
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and Siemens today announced a new collaboration, both a technical partnership and a global prize competition to recognize city actions and innovation that will accelerate C40 city actions to combat the impacts of global climate change.
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau announced today that the city of Johannesburg, South Africa has been selected to host the fifth biennial C40 Cities Mayors Summit in February 2014. During the summit, hundreds of urban and climate change leaders from around the world will join mayors from the world’s largest cities for three days to advance urban solutions to combat the impacts of global climate change.