The Climate Group chair LLGA panel to judge over 1,000 innovative city solutions

Clare Saxon Ghauri
15 January 2013

LONDON: The Climate Group is chairing an LLGA panel to judge over 1,000 innovative city solutions from across the world. 

As part of The Climate Group’s work on driving urban innovation, for the last two years we have supported the LLGA-Cities Pilot the Future program, which brings global cities together to implement solutions that will improve the lives of citizens.

As the program is becoming a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment this year, and because The Climate Group is increasing focus on innovation through the Agile Cities program and new partnerships with ClimateKIC and the Future Cities Catapult, we are expanding our work with LLGA by convening an expert assessment panel to assess the sustainability impact of these solutions.

Urban innovation

The Climate Group joins a panel of experts from international academia, consultancies, innovation agencies, NGOs and multi-lateral institutions, who will assess each of the 1,000+ solutions that have been submitted.

Solutions will be evaluated on their ability to improve city resource efficiency, emissions reduction, asset protection and sustainability monitoring.

Assessment will be provided to city jurors and made available on the website, for other cities to use in their own decision-making processes.

10,000 city solutions

Over the last two years, cities have already set 77 challenges, and 11 pilots have been completed -- with another 19 in the pipeline.

Through the LLGA awards process, cities have also been made aware of 10,000 new city solutions. This is approximately ten times the number of solutions encountered through traditional procurement processes, increasing access to market information significantly.

The awards process has also trained some 500 city representatives in solution evaluation, building internal city evaluation capacity; jurors have carried out 25,000 evaluations against transparent criteria alone.

The evaluations can be accessed via the website and together form a uniquely large dataset of evaluated solutions which cities across the world can now access free of charge.

But while the program has already achieved fantastic results, the aim of the augmented judging panel is to give cities the information they need to assess individual innovations’ contributions towards a low carbon, green-growth pathway.

A rich database

Explaining the context of the program, Kirsten Jack, Acting Head of Smart Technologies, The Climate Group said: "The capacity to innovate is a core element of competitiveness, both for companies and the public sector. In an increasingly carbon-constrained world, the ability of large organizations to innovate towards a low carbon model is likely to be the difference between those that thrive, and those that fall behind as the clean revolution accelerates.

"Business model innovation is critical. To transform markets, large organizations must deploy disruptive new technologies and ideas effectively. Those that succeed are defined by their ability to source new ideas, pilot them and integrate them, both rapidly and efficiently. But this innovation process can be particularly complex in cities where organizational culture, political cycles, procurement policy and an expensive legacy of infrastructure.

"As well as increasing accessibility to the city solutions marketplace, the existence of the database will accelerate uptake of solutions through increased transparency. The addition of this year’s 1,000+ sustainability impact assessments to the database will provides a rich resource for cities searching for low carbon, green-growth solutions.

"We welcome so many senior figures in our network for committing their time to the judging panel, which reflects the value they see in LLGA and Agile Cities work. We see this as a starting point for engaging our expert network in the Agile City Tools that we will be developing in 2013-14."


Over the next few weeks we will be profiling some of the LLGA success stories, and as well as current open challenges for LLGA 2013, through a series of blog posts.

In these blogs we will examine innovative solutions for:

- energy efficiency

- economic development

- mobility; and

- information products.

Each of these solutions plays a role in supporting the innovative cities that are at the forefront of the global clean revolution.

If you find the case study blogs useful, be sure to visit to read a more extensive series of best-practise case studies.

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