Buenos Aires awarded as Smart City of 2021 at Smart City Expo World Congress

The city of Buenos Aires (Argentina) received today the City award of 2021 at the Smart City Expo World Congress. 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 is implementing an Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan that promotes waste reduction, encourages waste segregation and is consistently reducing waste disposition in local landfill. The main aim of the plan is to develop circular economy models for each waste current.

Benedetta Tagliabue and Carlos Moreno, received ex aequo 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, received the award for “bringing beauty and liveability to cities through the redesign of 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 also for bringing new perspectives to urban challenges”.

Innovative projects and initiatives
The remaining awards – Enabling technologies, Governance and economy, Living and inclusion, Energy and environment, Safety and security, Mobility and Innovation recovery award– 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), Wuhan City’s (China) use of Big Data Intelligence to promote recovery after the pandemic, respectively.