The city of Buenos Aires received the City award of 2021 at the Smart City Expo World Congress today. The recognition for the Argentinian capital was announced during the 2021 World Smart City Awards ceremony hosted this afternoon in Barcelona. Eight more awards were given to the most outstanding initiatives and projects in the urban innovation and transformation industry.
The city of Buenos Aires was awarded for its Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan. Since 2012, the Argentinian capital has implemented an Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan that promotes waste reduction, encourages waste segregation, and consistently reduces waste disposition in local landfills. The main aim of the plan is to develop circular economy models for each waste current.
Benedetta Tagliabue and Carlos Moreno shared the leadership award for their significant contributions to advancing smart cities projects worldwide during the last 10 years. According to the jury, the Italian architect Benedetta Tagliabue earned the award for “bringing beauty and livability to cities through redesigning public spaces and urban buildings.” The scientist and Mayor of Paris’ special envoy for Smart Cities, Carlos Moreno, was recognized for “his 15-minute cities vision and bringing new perspectives to urban challenges”.
The remaining awards: Enabling technologies; Governance, and economy; Living and inclusion; Energy and Environment; Safety and security; and Mobility and Innovation recovery have been given to the Digital Urban European Twins by the Digital Flanders Agency (Belgium); the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance at the World Economic Forum; the innovative implementation of online Governance in Chengdu (China); Living Lab Scheveningen in The Hague (Netherlands); Cisco’ deployment of a secure infrastructure for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (USA); the Smart Mobility Analytics developed by the Port of Barcelona (Spain); and Wuhan City’s (China) use of Big Data Intelligence to promote recovery after the pandemic; respectively.