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Earth Hour City Challenge

The Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) is an initiative designed by WWF to mobilise action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly, one-planet future, and to stimulate the development and dissemination of best practices for climate mitigation and adaptation. Now in its second year in South Africa, the project is being run in partnership with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Africa.
The EHCC is run as a recurrent and increasingly global challenge for cities to present ambitious, holistic, inspiring and credible plans for low carbon development and for dramatically increasing the use of sustainable and efficient renewable energy solutions in the future.

The EHCC builds on the understanding that cities in different parts of the world have different roles in the transition towards a climate-friendly, one-planet future. Cities in the developing world may focus more on low-carbon development and efficiency measures to reduce energy need relative to BAU, while cities in the developed world should emphasise actions to reduce the total carbon footprint of their citizens and to dramatically increase the share of renewable energy in their energy mix. The EHCC aims to highlight diverse solutions and challenges for cities in different parts of the world, but also to identify options for more networking and collaboration between these cities. This also builds on the understanding that all cities will ultimately face similar challenges in securing human needs in a carbon constrained world.  

Participating South Africa cities will enter the challenge by registering their data on the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), an internationally recognised carbon reporting platform. All entries will be evaluated by an international jury and the city with the highest score will be awarded the title Global Earth Hour Capital.

Earth Hour Capital 2016: Tshwane

The City of Tshwane is the South African EHCC national winner and will go to Quito in October for the announcement of the overall winner at the UN Habitat Conference.
City of Tshwane - South African Earth Hour Capital 2015


  • Louise Scholtz 
    Manager: Special Projects
    Policy and Futures Unit
    WWF South Africa
    +27 21 657 6600

    Irina Velasco
    Project Manager: Earth Hour City Challenge
    +27 21 2020 400