C40 & Siemens Announce Broad Collaboration on Cities and Sustainability
NEW YORK, April 19, 2013
NEW YORK, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.
"Cities around the world — particularly C40 cities — are leading the way in
taking meaningful actions to protect the planet and grow our economies in
sustainable ways," said C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
"Forming a partnership with Siemens and tapping into their knowledge and
expertise will improve our ability to measure the results of our initiatives,
advance the most effective policies, and build on the great work already
underway in C40 cities. With this upgraded data collection, we will be able to
ensure that we are making significant progress in tackling global climate
The C40 and Siemens technical partnership is designed to help cities measure,
plan, and mitigate their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The GHG Measurement &
Planning Initiative will convene C40 cities to facilitate the exchange of
ideas and expertise and will deploy technical assistance and local capacity
building in C40 cities looking to develop greenhouse gas inventories and
comprehensive city climate action plans. Additionally, a newly created C40 &
Siemens City Climate Leadership Award will annually provide recognition for
cities that are demonstrating climate action leadership.
"We are happy and honored to partner with C40 in a joint approach to fight
climate change. Siemens will provide its vast knowledge and experience with
energy efficient and sustainable urban infrastructures. We will leverage the
Siemens expertise from our urban experts in cities around the world and our
Center of Competence Cities together with our partner C40," said Roland Busch,
CEO of Siemens Infrastructures & Cities Sector.
The Initiative will provide an additional platform for cities to share
expertise and build upon the technical assistance and resources already
developed by C40 and Siemens. In addition, the Initiative will support joint
problem solving by peer cities that are currently working to develop
inventories and climate action plans and can benefit from shared approaches to
data collection, analysis, and strategic planning.
The C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Award will be granted annually in
ten categories and will provide global recognition for C40 cities that are
demonstrating climate action leadership. Six award categories, including urban
transportation, green energy, and sustainable communities, are open to C40
cities only. Four other categories, including resilience, air quality and
optimized city infrastructure, are open to C40 cities, and the 120 cities in
the Siemens and Economist Intelligence Unit research project 'Green City
Index' (GCI). The first Award ceremony will be held in September 2013 in the
Crystal, Siemens' Urban Sustainability Center in London.
The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany), with
approximately 90,000 employees, focuses on sustainable technologies for
metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offering includes products,
systems and solutions for intelligent traffic management, rail-bound
transportation, smart grids, power distribution, energy efficient buildings,
and safety and security. The Sector comprises the divisions Building
Technologies, Low and Medium Voltage, Mobility and Logistics, Rail Systems and
Smart Grid. For more information, visit
C40 is a network of the world's megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions. With a unique set of assets, the C40 works with participating
cities to address climate risks and impacts locally and globally. The network
C40 was created in 2005 by former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, and forged
a partnership in 2006 with the Cities Program of President Clinton's Climate
Initiative (CCI) to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in
large cities across the world. The current chair of C40 is New York City Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg.
SOURCE C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
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