Singapore is among one of the ten cities honoured for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change at the Inaugural C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards held in London on 4 September 2013. This award was accorded to Singapore for its efforts in managing traffic congestion and keeping congestion low in the city.
2. Singapore was recognised under the Intelligent City Infrastructure category for its Intelligent Transport System, which incorporates a range of “smart” transportation technologies, including 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 have allowed Singapore to enjoy one of the lowest congestion rates of a city its size anywhere in the world.
3. “We are honoured to receive the award as it recognises our relentless efforts to ensure that our roads continue to flow smoothly. Being a small island state, our key challenge is to find innovative ways to manage congestion, especially with our current dense state of development and challenges in expanding the road network. This is why we have to constantly use technology to help us better manage congestion on the roads,” said Dr Chin Kian Keong, Group Director for Transportation and Road Operations, LTA.
About the Inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards
4. 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.
5. 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.