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The Crystal celebrates its first anniversary with the Sustainable Cities Week

02 September 2013

In the context of the Sustainable Cities Week, the 29 finalist cities were selected for the first “C40 & SIEMENS CITY CLIMATE LEADERSHIP AWARDS”, on September 4.

From August 30 to September 5, Τhe Crystal, a new London landmark and home to Siemens’ Sustainable Cities Initiative, celebrates its first anniversary by hosting the Sustainable Cities Week. In this context, a week of highlights is scheduled, with the most important being the Award Ceremony of “C40 & SIEMENS CITY CLIMATE LEADERSHIP AWARDS”, on September 4.

Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the 29 finalist cities competing in 10 categories for the initial “CITY CLIMATE LEADERSHIP AWARDS”. These international Awards recognize city innovation that accelerates city action to combat the sources and impacts of climate change.

The finalist cities:
Africa
Johannesburg
Lagos

Europe
Amsterdam
Barcelona
Berlin
Copenhagen
London
Munich
Oslo
Paris
Rotterdam
Stockholm

North America
Chicago
Houston
Los Angeles
New York City
San Francisco

South America
Bogota
Buenos Aires
Mexico City
Rio De Janeiro
Sao Paolo

Asia and Oceania

Bangkok

Ho Chi Minh City

Melbourne

Seoul

Shanghai

Singapore

Tokyo

The 10 Awards Categories
•Urban Transportation
•Waste Management
•Finance & Economic Development
•Carbon Measurement & Planning
•Sustainable Communities
•Green Energy
•Adaptation & Resilience
•Energy Efficient Built Environment
•Air Quality
•Intelligent City Infrastructure

The Crystal
In its first year, Siemens’ urban development center, The Crystal, has evolved into a global hub for urban sustainability, a well sought-after venue for conferences, meetings and interactive exhibitions: an East London landmark. It has hosted a range of impressive events and international conferences with high-level audiences. Among those were the G8 Innovation Conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Low Carbon Awards, as well as the International Federation for Housing and Planning’s 100th an-niversary lecture.

The Crystal has exceeded even the most optimistic expectations with regards to visitor num-bers, recently reaching 100,000 visitors. International opinion leaders, city delegations, business groups, university students and school kids, city planners and urban experts, local residents and tourists have turned the center with the world’s largest exhibition on the future of cities into a success story. “With only twelve months of operation, the “Crystal” has become the world's most visited exhibition showcase on urban sustainability and a recognized international flagship for Siemens. It is now an indisputable global platform for collaboration amongst key city stakeholders, academia, businesses and the public”, said Pedro Miranda, Head of Siemens’ Global Center of Competence Cities.

The Crystal is also the home of Siemens’ Center of Competence Cities (CoC), which is re-sponsible for building up strategic partnerships between Siemens and city organizations. It is conducting urban research, promoting cross-Division and cross-Sector solutions for cities, bringing together internal and external urban experts and managing the worldwide network of Siemens’ City Account Managers. Built to resemble a crystal, the building is one of the most efficient in the world and has achieved the highest certifications according to the international energy efficiency standard LEED Platinum and the UK standard BREEAM Outstanding.

The Sustainable Cities Week
During the celebration of its anniversary from August 30 to September 5, in the context of the Sustainable Cities Week, a week of highlights is scheduled at The Crystal, such as the Sie-mens Festival Nights, which will bring the screening of operatic masterpieces from the 2013 Salzburg Festival, outside and inside the “Crystal”. In parallel, the DLD (Digital Life Design) con-ference’s roundtable on “City Identity and Culture” will unite thought leaders and the heads of iconic cultural institutions, for a lively discussion.

The Sustainable Cities Week at The Crystal will be culminating with a two-day program includ-ing the initial Awards Ceremony of the “CITY CLIMATE LEADERSHIP AWARDS” on Septem-ber 4, and a conference on September 5 gathering mayors, city planners, and urban sustaina-bility experts to address some of the most pressing climate change and sustainability chal-lenges of the day. In parallel, representatives of the cities nominated for the awards will present their projects and share their expertise in combating climate change with their peers.In addition, the C40 will also be hosting a workshop with partners of the C40 Measurement & Planning Initiative including Siemens on September 6. This workshop is the first of many re-gional workshops to support local capacity building for measuring GHG emissions at the community scale using the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC).

After the conclusion of Sustainable Cities Week, at the beginning of October, Siemens, in as-sociation with the London Transport Museum, will showcase at the “Crystal” its view of the fu-ture of London underground transport (‘Going Underground: Our Journey to the Future’). The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a full-scale mock-up of a Siemens Inspiro metro train, plus a glimpse into an underground station of the future.

The “C40 & SIEMENS CITY CLIMATE LEADERSHIP AWARDS
”The “C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards” will be granted annually in ten catego-ries and will provide global recognition for C40 Cities that are demonstrating climate action leadership. Five award categories, including urban transportation, waste management and sustainable communities, are open to C40 cities only. Five other categories, including resili-ence, air quality and intelligent city infrastructure, are open both to C40 cities and the 120 cities in the Siemens and Economist Intelligence Unit research project “Green City Index” (GCI).

An independent, seven-member judging panel consisting of former city Mayors, architects andRepresentatives of the World Bank, C40 and Siemens will select the award winners.

Further information and facts and figures relation to the Sustainable Cities Week are available at: www.siemens.com/press/sustainable-cities-week

For more information on the Awards and the projects of the nominated cities, go to: www.cityclimateleadershipawards.com

For more information on the Green City Index, go to: www.siemens.com/entry/cc/en/greencityindex.htm

For more information on Siemens Festival Nights, go to:www.siemens.at/festspielnaechte/,  www.siemens.com/press/en/pressrelease/?press=/en/pressrelease/2013/infrastructure-cities/ic201308010e.htm

For more information on DLDcities London 13, go to:
www.dld-conference.com/DLDcitiesLondon13 

About the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector
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 http://www.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities

About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. C40 was established in 2005 and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with President William J. Clinton’s Climate Initiative (CCI). The current chair of the C40 is New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. http://www.c40.org/