Sep 5, 2013

Top 10 Sustainable Cities

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Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) recently announced the winners of the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards at a cerem...

Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) recently announced the winners of the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards at a ceremony held at the Crystal in London. The Awards honored 10 cities for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. The winning cities and their award categories are:

  • Bogota (Urban Transportation)
  • Copenhagen (Carbon Measurement & Planning)
  • Melbourne (Energy Efficient Built Environment)
  • Mexico City (Air Quality)
  • Munich (Green Energy)
  • New York City (Adaptation & Resilience)
  • Rio de Janeiro (Sustainable Communities)
  • San Francisco (Waste Management)
  • Singapore (Intelligent City Infrastructure)
  • Tokyo (Finance & Economic Development)

“The C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards are dedicated to the idea that cities – by refusing to wait for action from national governments and international bodies – can lead the way in addressing the risks posed by climate change,” said C40 Chair, and Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg.

“Using innovative local approaches, cities are having an impact on climate change globally. I congratulate the ten award recipients and look forward to seeing their projects progress and then spread across the C40 network and beyond.”

“The world's cities are facing similar problems. And taken together they account for up to 70 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions,” said Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens' Infrastructure & Cities Sector. “We all know two things: the fight against climate change will be decided in cities. And it is through co-operations that we can tackle climate change. The City Climate Leadership Awards are a prime example of our successful cooperation with C40. It helps cities to optimize their performances and share their experiences. Its value is immeasurable.”

The newly created City Climate Leadership Awards gives global recognition to cities whose performance and expertise in climate action will serve as a platform for learning for other cities going forward. Highlights of the award winning initiatives will be showcased in the Sustainable Cities exhibition at the Crystal and in a forthcoming report. 

The award-winning cities were selected for the following actions:

Urban Transportation award recipient: Bogota for its efforts to green its Bus and Taxi fleets. Transmilenio, the City's Bus Rapid Transit system, launched in 2000 to transport over 70 percent of the City's population who travel daily by bus, has already achieved emissions reductions of over 350,000 tonnes annually. New efforts to replace the current diesel fleet with hybrid and full electric buses has started with the aim of reaching 100 percent conversion by 2024. And as a leader in Latin America, Bogota started an electric taxi cab pilot that promises to convert 50 percent of the city's fleet within the next 10 years.

Carbon Measurement & Planning recipient: Copenhagen for its 2025 Climate Plan, which lays out the path for the City to become the first carbon neutral capital city by 2025. While focusing on all sectors that comprise the City's carbon footprint, the plan sets ambitious targets and details strategies to achieve a significant reduction in building emissions – which comprise 75 percent of the city's total. All told, implementation of the Plan will reduce City emissions to 400,000 tons by 2025.

Energy Efficient Built Environment recipient: Melbourne for its Sustainable Buildings Program. This comprehensive approach brings together support for building owners and managers to complete energy & water retrofits with innovative city designed and managed property-tax-based financing to improve the energy and water efficiency of private commercial buildings in the City.

Air Quality recipient: Mexico City for its “ProAire” program, has over the last two decades recorded impressive reductions in local air pollution as well as CO2 emissions. The program's elements range from measures aimed at the reduction of industrial and automobile emissions, urban sprawl containment, to public awareness campaigns. Once ranked the most polluted city on the planet, Mexico City proves that long-term determination and a comprehensive approach can make a huge difference in the air quality of a megacity.

Green Energy recipient: Munich for its 100 percent Green Power by 2025 Plan. Munich is aiming to produce enough green electricity at its own plants by 2025 to meet the power requirements of the entire municipality of Munich — at least 7.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. This would make the capital of Bavaria the first city in the world with over a million inhabitants to run entirely on renewable power.

Adaptation & Resilience recipient: New York for its comprehensive and actionable plan “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” which focuses on rebuilding the communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide. The 250 initiatives are not only bold proposals that can be implemented immediately: 60 will be achieved by the end of 2013 and $10 billion in funding has already been identified to support implementation.

Sustainable Communities recipient: Rio de Janeiro for its Morar Carioca Program -- a comprehensive urban revitalization strategy, which will invest in revitalization projects throughout the city with the aim of formalizing all of the city's favelas by 2020. With 55 projects already completed, this program is already having a direct impact on the environment , health and welfare of more 200,000 Rio residents, and will ultimately impact the more than 20 percent of Rio's population that currently live in informal settlements

Waste Management recipient: San Francisco for its zero waste program, which began in 2002 and includes comprehensive waste management reforms, and has resulted in an unprecedented 80 percent landfill diversion rate. An impressive 300 tons of food scraps are collected per day, and 100 million fewer plastic bags are being used every year, putting the city well on its path to achieving its ambitious "zero waste" goal by 2020.

Intelligent City Infrastructure recipient: Singapore for its Intelligent Transport System, which incorporates a range of "smart" transportation technologies, including one of the world's first Electronic Road Pricing Systems, real time traffic information delivered through GPS-enabled taxis, and a highly integrated public transportation system. These intelligent solutions allow Singapore to enjoy one of the lowest congestion rates of a city its size anywhere in the world. 

Finance & Economic Development recipient: Tokyo for its Cap and Trade Program, which became the world's first when it was launched in April 2010, requiring CO2 reductions from large commercial and industrial buildings. In its first year, the over 1,100 facilities participating reduced emissions by 13%, the following year an additional 10 percent reduction was achieved bringing total emissions reductions achieved to date to more than 7 million tons of CO2.

An independent, seven-member judging panel consisting of former city mayors, architects and representatives of the World Bank, C40 and Siemens evaluated 37 projects in 29 cities as award finalists. Following the Awards ceremony, the 19 remaining finalist cities will participate in a digital and social media campaign, the “Citizen's Choice Award.”

Members of the public will vote online for the project they deem most innovative and forward-looking. The Citizen's Choice Awards will be announced in November 2013. Voting will commence today at:

The City Climate Leadership Awards are part of a broader collaboration between Siemens and C40, announced in New York City on April 2013. The partnership includes making Siemens' technical expertise directly available to C40's robust network of cities, enhancing the ability of both organizations to help cities accelerate their climate action efforts. In addition, Siemens will support the C40 Measurement and Planning Initiative dedicated to enhancing each member city's ability to measure data, take action and track progress towards self-identified goals.

The C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards will be an annual event. For the 2014 Awards, cities will have the opportunity to apply for the awards, and organizations with a significant presence in climate action will be given the opportunity to nominate urban climate action initiatives. Details will be made available on the Awards website in early November 2013.

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Mar 20, 2020

Top 10 ways to prepare for COVID-19

Georgia Wilson
3 min
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s To...

Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management. 

As the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, many businesses are left uncertain as to whether their risk mitigation plan is sufficient. 

In a recent webinar conducted by the research and advisory firm just 12% of 1,500 people believe that their business is highly prepared for the impact of COVID-19, while 56% believed themselves to be somewhat prepared, and 11% believed themselves to be very unprepared. 

“Most organizations have done some pandemic planning but still have many unanswered questions about whether they have done everything they can to manage risks,” says Jim Mello, Senior Director, Advisory, Gartner. 

Establish a preparedness framework

Establish a team that represents all critical business functions. These people will report directly to executive management and are responsible for prioritising the importance of business activities and organise them in tiers for response and recovery.

Monitor the situation

It is important to ensure that organisations monitor the rate in which the infection is spreading and its severity. Many rely on the World Health Organisation for information.

Revise finance

Be sure to revise revenue forecasts and communicate with investors, as well as suppliers in regards to any potential finance issues. It is important to ensure that the business has the working capital to ride it out. 

Ways to ensure this include: working capital checks, seeking loans or government-sponsored financial relief.

Extend personal hygiene and cleaning protocols

It is important to comply with any changes to workplace regulations. In addition, it is important to establish protocols for staff returning from infected areas, as well as extending existing hygiene activities.

Review HR 

Ensure close monitoring of absenteeism rates for signs of problems. It is important to identify critical staff in order to make sure the company can continue to function in their absence and be prepared for up to 40% absentee rates.

In addition to reviewing HR policies and procedures, it is important to maintain a level of sensitivity when it comes to engaging with employees and workplace preferences. 


Establish a communication programme

People can feel out of the loop quickly. Establish a spokesperson appropriate for the situation who can maintain lines of communication. In addition, organisations should establish pre-approved messages and scripts for various stakeholders.

Review the impact on the operation

Although this may seem overwhelming, the team established to represent all critical business functions should identify key areas to consider. It is important to maintain a connection with the reality on the ground in countries affected.

Key questions to consider: is transport functioning? Have holidays been extended? Where can operation continue and where do they need to stop?

Review IT 

IT business functions tend to be relatively well-prepared for business continuity. However, it is important to assess the supply chain for critical equipment and keep extra inventory if required.

In addition, organisations should keep in mind remote data centre management and cloud options for critical systems as well as enabling remote working programs and rescheduling any non-essential IT work prioritising key applications. 

Review pandemic plans to identify any gaps in response

Conduct a preparedness exercise by validating roles and responsibilities as well as recovery requirements and procedures, in order to identify any gaps in the recover capabilities and resource needs.

Review after-action

Following the establishment of a pandemic plan, identify three lessons learned, key observations or improvements for the exercise. After establishing these organisations should priorities the short and long term follow up actions.

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