SA entries to the Earth Hour City Challenge celebrated
The EHCC competition is a collaboration by conservation group WWF South Africa and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, designed to highlight and reward cities that are prepared to make substantial long-term efforts to combat climate change.
The City of Cape Town, City of Johannesburg, eThekwini municipality and Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality were present to showcase the commitments and actions that they have reported to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR). The cCCR is an internationally recognised carbon reporting platform managed by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. The other two successful entries to the Competition include Buffalo City and the City of Tshwane.
At the Congress, Sarah Ward, Manager of Energy and Climate Change at the City of Cape Town, highlighted the long term process of institutionalising energy into municipal strategy and planning; while Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality also presented on the energy efficiency and renewable energy interventions they have made over the past few years, including small scale PV, traffic light and municipal building retrofitting.
Each city registered their latest urban GHG inventory and together the six cities registered in total 19 commitments and 135 climate actions to the Registry. Click on the poster below to view some of the highlights, which include diverse actions such as solar water heater installations, street lighting retrofits, awareness campaigns and energy efficiency business forums.
The cities submissions will now be evaluated by an international jury, and in March 2014 the city with the highest overall score will be awarded the title Global Earth Hour Capital.
The cCCR is open to all municipalities to report their actions and to attract funding; regardless of whether they are taking part in the Challenge.