EUROCITIES members Rotterdam and Stockholm were among the 10 winners of the C40 Awards 2015.
Rotterdam won the award for its Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy, which links climate adaptation measures to existing projects to generate economic benefits. One example of this is a ‘water square’ which was build in the city which also serves as a playground, and has helped boost community engagement.
Stockholm’s winning project was the Royal Seaport development, a next generation sustainable city district which should help achieve the city’s goal of becoming fossil fuel free by 2040. The district should provide cost savings due to lower resource use, green growth thanks to new jobs in the clean tech sector, and a stronger community by creating new networks and residents’ associations. We published a case study on Stockholm Royal Seaport in 2013, which is available here.
The C40 Cities Awards recognise successful initiatives in cities that reduce emissions and improve sustainability. The 2015 awards ceremony took place during COP 21 in Paris on 3 December. The other winning projects came from: Vancouver, New York, Washington DC, Johannesburg, Wuhan, Cape Town, Boston and Nanjing.
More information on the awards is available at www.c40.org/awards