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Vancouver wins C40 Cities Award for Greenest City Action Plan at COP21 in Paris

December 3 2015

“It is an honour for all of our city’s residents to see Vancouver recognized with this important award at the COP21 UN Climate Change Summit..," says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Vancouver wins C40 Cities Award

We were honoured in Paris today by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group for the Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP).

“This year marks the halfway point of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, and Vancouver residents and businesses alike have consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership to reduce our city’s carbon pollution while growing our economy and population,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“It is an honour for all of our city’s residents to see Vancouver recognized with this important award at the COP21 UN Climate Change Summit, as we build upon our work together to confront climate change and make Vancouver the greenest city in the world.”

What is the C40 Cities Award?

The C40 Cities Awards provide global recognition for cities demonstrating world-leading policies and programmes that reduce emissions and improve sustainability.

They represent a breadth of tangible climate solutions in key sectors including:

  • Building energy efficiency
  • Low-carbon transport and climate adaptation
  • Making cities all over the world more liveable  

The Awards aim to:

  • Ensure that cities demonstrating true leadership in addressing climate change are globally recognized
  • Share highly replicable ‘best practices’ across cities, and draw attention to outstanding performances that have achieved a high level of environmental success in a challenging context
  • Enable dialogue on a global scale and networking opportunities

Vancouver among the 33 finalists

This year the organization received more than 200 applications from 94 cities worldwide.Vancouver was among the 33 finalists.

Competing in the category of Carbon Measurement and Planning alongside Portland and Seoul, Vancouver is being recognized for its outstanding work on the Greenest City Action Plan – a guide for helping Vancouver achieve ambitious targets in 10 goal areas ranging from climate leadership to zero waste.

Other winning cities include Boston, Johannesburg, Rotterdam and Nanjing, each demonstrating exceptional innovation and ambition to build low carbon and climate resilient urban communities.

Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate serves as Chair of the C40 Cities Awards Jury Panel, who selected the winners from among 33 finalists announced in October 2015.

Learn more about C40 Cities Award

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