Global climate change awards recognise UK capital
London has been shortlisted in more categories of the prestigious C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards 2014 than any other city.
From a total of 87 entries to 10 award categories London has been shortlisted three times, for its work on air quality, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas monitoring.
A total of 31 projects are competing to lead the world on climate change at the awards, which take place in New York on 22 September. Mexico City and Shenzhen, China are the only other cities to have received multiple recognition, with each shortlisted for two categories.
In the air-quality category, the New Taxi for London scheme aims to ensure that all of the city’s black cabs are zero or ultra low emission by 2020, with all new vehicles compliant by 2018. Part of the Mayor’s Ultra Low Emission Zone announced in February 2013, the scheme aims to tackle emissions from the 23,000 taxis that account for 35% of the larger particulate emissions in the city and 15% of NOx.
London is competing against Taipei and Mexico City in this category. The Asian city was recognised for its clean air programme tackling transport which involved reducing emissions from diesel vehicles and providing bicycles to reduce motorised transport. Today there are 5265 bikes at 160 stations as part of the You Bike initiative.
In the energy efficiency in the built environment category, London is shortlisted against Los Angeles and New York, with London having been recognised for its work on retrofitting public buildings and housing stock with energy improvements.
Carbon measurement and planning is the third category where London has been shortlisted, together with Seattle and Vancouver.