Do You Live in a Sustainable City?
Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) recently announced the 29 finalist cities competing in 10 categories for the initial City Climate Leadership Awards. The winners will be named at the awards presentation event in London, at the Crystal on Sept. 4.
The 29 Finalists
- Africa: Johannesburg, Lagos;
- Asia & Oceania: Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Melbourne, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo;
- Europe: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Rotterdam, Stockholm;
- North America: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco;
- South America: Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo.
The inaugural awards event is a two-day program to be held at the Crystal, a new London landmark and home to Siemens’ sustainable cities initiative. The program consists of the Awards Ceremony on Sept. 4 and a conference on Sept. 5 gathering mayors, city planners, and urban sustainability experts to address some of the most pressing climate change and sustainability challenges of the day.
In addition, the C40 will also be hosting a workshop with partners of the C40 Measurement & Planning Initiative including Siemens on Sept. 6, bringing together European C40 Cities and technical experts for a workshop session about community-scale inventories and the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC). This workshop is the first of many regional workshops to support local capacity building for measuring GHG emissions at the community scale using the GPC.
The C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards will be granted annually in 10 categories 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 resilience, 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 and representatives of the World Bank, C40 and Siemens will select the award winners.
- 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.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.