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Citizen's Choice

The C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards provide global recognition for cities that are demonstrating climate action leadership. The first ten winners were announced at the Crystal in London on September 4th 2013 but one award remains – the Citizen’s Choice. Anyone can vote in the Citizen’s Choice Award and the shortlist is made up of entries that did not win a prize during September’s event. Every project is innovative with significant potential for environmental impact, but which project deserves the Citizen’s Choice Award? Read about each shortlisted entry below.

NOTE: The City Climate Leadership Awards Citizen’s Choice 2013 is now closed. The winner will be announced in November.

Paris: Autolib’

Nominated in Urban Transportation: To achieve its goal of reducing local carbon emissions from traffic by 60 percent of 2001 levels by 2030, Paris is currently implementing a range of measures, from a cycling initiative to extending tram and metro lines, limiting parking spaces, encouraging use of low-emissions vehicles, and increasing pedestrianized zones.
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Shanghai: Offshore Wind Farms

Nominated in Green Energy: Shanghai has decided to invest heavily in wind power. In 2006, it set a target to have 13 major offshore wind farms in operation by 2020, making it the largest of its scale outside Europe. They will have a total capacity of 2 gigawatts and will provide enough electricity to meet the annual needs of four million households.
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Los Angeles: San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP)

Nominated in Air Quality: This project is the most comprehensive strategy to cut air pollution and reduce health risks for a global seaport complex. Covering all sources of port pollution – ships, trucks, trains, cargo-handling equipment and harbor craft – the plan combines regulations bans and incentives to switch to cleaner vehicles, fuels and technologies.
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London: Clean Air Fund/Air Strategy

Nominated in Air Quality: To reduce London’s air pollution levels, investments include rolling out hybrid buses, Source London electronic vehicles membership scheme, the UK’s only zero-emissions bus fleet, run on hydrogen fuel cells, trials of dust suppressants in polluted areas and creation of a zero-emissions “black cab” by 2020
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Stockholm: Sustainable Järva

Nominated in Sustainable Communities: Sustainable Järva is an ambitious pilot project with the goal of upgrading all of Stockholm’s buildings stock from the 1960s and 70s — one third of all apartments in the city by 2020. This affordable public housing, which produced energy-inefficient concrete blocks is now in need of renovation.
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Berlin: Solardachbörse – Solar Roof Initiative

Nominated in Green Energy: For over a decade Berlin has used solar power as its main tool in increasing renewable consumption. One of its key projects, the Solardachbörse (Solar Roof Initiative), set up in 2005, aims to get private investors to develop solar panels on municipal buildings – essentially using up free roof space for producing renewable energy.
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Oslo: Integrated Waste Management System

Nominated in Waste Management: From 2006, the city of Oslo has had a Waste Management Strategy that sets ambitious targets for waste reduction and re-use.The waste strategy is based on the five-tiered waste management hierarchy – reduce, re-use, recycle, “waste-to-energy” incineration, and landfill disposal – though no household waste is landfilled and the city has put a lot of effort into increasing material recycling.
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London: Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy

Nominated in Carbon Measurement and Planning: London hopes to lead the way in spurring national and international action on climate change. Mayor Boris Johnson’s 2011 Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy has set a target to reduce London’s CO2 emissions by 60 percent of 1990-levels by 2025.
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Lagos: Integrated Waste Management Plant

Nominated in Waste Management: Rapid growth in population in Lagos has serious implications for the provision of urban services, especially concerning waste. Developing Landfill Gas projects at the two closed landfills will prevent the emission of over 700,000 tonnes CO2 in the next 10 years.
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New York: PlaNYC and GreeNYC

Nominated in Carbon Measurement and Planning: Both PlaNYC and GreeNYC are working to reduce New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent on 2005 levels by 2030, and to find ways to meet an 80 percent reduction by 2050. Thanks to innovative and comprehensive sustainability policies under PlaNYC, New York City is well on its way to achieving this goal.
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Bangkok: Climate Change Action Plan

Nominated in Carbon Measurement and Planning: To mitigate the devastating impacts of climate change, Bangkok has developed a 2007-2012 Climate Change Action Plan in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that included goals across five initiative areas and a baseline review of GHG emissions
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Paris: Clichy-Batignolles

Nominated in Sustainable Communities: The City of Paris is creating a large-scale, mixed-use development project in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. It aims to create a sustainable community that can be an engine for economic growth while preserving the city’s unique character, and integrate the prosperous inner city with socially challenged surrounding suburbs.
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Barcelona: Barcelona Smart City

Nominated in Intelligent City Infrastructure: Barcelona is working to merge urban planning, ecology, and information technology to ensure the benefits of technology reach every neighborhood. The Barcelona Smart City programme includes seven strategic initiatives: Smart Lighting, Energy, Transportation and Water, District Heating and Cooling, Zero Emissions Mobility and Open Government:
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New York City: Greener, Greater Buildings Plan

Nominated in Energy Efficient Built Environment: The principle aim of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP) is to provide transparency about energy usage in big buildings. By making owners and tenants more aware, the city hopes that occupants will make behavioral changes to cut energy consumption, while owners will be encouraged to make energy upgrade
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Chicago: Chicago Infrastructure Trust

Nominated in Finance and Economic Development: Chicago created the Chicago Infrastructure Trust to enable transformative infrastructure projects by creating access to private sector capital without having to raise taxes, issue municipal bonds, or depend on state or national funding. This is intended to enable infrastructure projects at scale.
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Houston: 50% Renewable Power

Nominated in Green Energy: Houston aims to become the green energy capital of the U.S. and has recently signed an agreement with Reliant Energy, an NRG Energy company, to buy over 140 megawatts (MW) of renewable power for the next two years. This green power purchase will account for 50 percent of Houston’s annual electricity demand.
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Seoul: Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Nominated in Green Energy: Seoul is working toward reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels. To achieve these targets it is increasing energy generated from renewable energy, including fuel cells. South Korea’s overall strategy is to develop its domestic fuel cell industry to lower costs and export its technologies abroad.
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Stockholm: Hammarby Sjöstad

Nominated in Sustainable Communities: Stockholm, elected Europe’s first Green Capital in 2010, aims to become carbon neutral by 2050. The Hammarby Sjöstad project began in the 1990s to meet the housing needs of the city’s growing population in a sustainable way, regenerating an old industrial and harbor area into modern mixed-used space with low environmental impact
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Barcelona: 22@, Innovation District

Nominated in Finance and Economic Development: With the aim of becoming a world reference for Smart Cities, Barcelona is working to merge urban planning, ecology, and information technology to ensure the benefits of technology reach every neighborhood and improve the lives of citizens.
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São Paulo: Bandeirantes Landfill Gas to Energy Project

Nominated in Waste Management: The Bandeirantes Landfill Gas to Energy Project (BLFGE) was designed to collect landfill gas used to produce electricity, and began operating in 2004. It is among the first and largest methane capture systems in the world, developed and operated through a public-private partnership.
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Berlin: Energy Saving Partnerships

Nominated in Energy Efficient Built Environment: Berlin’s Energy Savings Partnerships (ESP) programme, a joint effort between the city and the partly state-owned Berlin Energy Agency (BEA), is an initiative whereby private companies improve the energy efficiency of large public buildings, with both the contractors and the city benefiting from the cost savings.
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Amsterdam: Amsterdam Smart City

Nominated in Intelligent City Infrastructure: Amsterdam aims to become one of the world’s most sustainable cities by 2040. Helping the city to reach this goal is a unique partnership between businesses, authorities, research institutions and the people of Amsterdam called Amsterdam Smart City. This project has grown into a broad platform, with more than 70 partners involved in a variety of projects focussing on energy transition and open connectivity.
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Johannesburg: Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP)

Nominated in Adaptation and Resilience: Following Johannesburg’s high risk vulnerability assessment it was decided that the city would develop and launch a comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP), prioritizing strategic investments and activities to reduce climate risks and a range of urban flood-related risks.
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Stockholm: Congestion Charge

Nominated in Urban Transportation: Stockholm is the third major city to employ the use of a congestion charge, and it has also complemented this with IT systems to monitor traffic flows and alter tolls, road signs, and provide real-time information to make it easy for commuters to get around and to choose the right method of doing so. It is unique in that it covers the entire city.
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Rotterdam & Ho Chi Minh City: Climate Adaptation Partnership

Nominated in Adaptation and Resilience: Through the Climate Adaptation Partnership, fellow delta city Rotterdam is sharing its best practices with Ho Chi Minh City, and supporting the Vietnamese city in managing its vulnerabilities and the implementation of the same technologies, policies and approaches as it develops its port and expands towards the sea.
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Rio de Janeiro: Porto Maravilha

Nominated in Sustainable Communities: Porto Maravilha, the port area of Rio de Janeiro, is in a strategic location and has immense historical and cultural value. Catalysed by the upcoming Olympics, the city has embarked on a large-scale urban redevelopment project to transform the Port into a beacon of commercial, residential and entertainment options.
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