City of Tshwane takes on carbon emissions with Earth Hour Capital Challenge
WWF in partnership with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the City of Tshwane (CoT) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) hosted the Earth Hour Capital Challenge, an event aimed at raising the profile of public transport as a means to support low-carbon development.
TUT students paired with WWF and City of Tshwane partners used all available modes of public transport to navigate a series of destination checkpoints across the City. Guided by the newest release of the urban transportation and journey planner app, Findmyway, the winning team was the team to complete the route with the lowest carbon footprint.
Kicking off at TUT Pretoria Campus the teams followed a route encompassing Eskia Mphahlele Library, Loftus Stadium, A Re Yeng Hatfield Station and Mamelodi before ending at the Pretoria Station.
The challenge sought to increase the uptake of public transport by residents in urban cities, while increasing social cohesion and raising awareness of the importance of low-carbon transport options. However, it was also about celebrating the noteworthy sustainability aspirations and progress made by cities such as Tshwane.
The event follows in the wake of City of Tshwane being awarded South Africa’s Earth Hour Capital 2015 earlier this week. The title was awarded as part of the global Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC), which aims to mobilise action and support from cities in the global transition toward a sustainable energy future.
“For Tshwane, the event serves to showcase the City’s public mobility and green passenger transport options. It also creates a channel for feedback from end users, which will assist the City to identify areas for improvement and how the City can amplify its efforts to encourage the uptake of sustainable mobility options. Reducing the City’s carbon footprint is heavily dependent on reducing our transport-related emissions and this event takes us one step closer to that goal,” said City of Tshwane Mayoral Spokesman Blessing Manale.
The City of Tshwane has a number of low-carbon public transport options available to commuters, including Tshwane Bus Services, A Re Yeng, mini-bus taxis, Metro Rail, and Gautrain. These were among the modes of transport the race participants used today to make their way from point to point while negotiating their way across the Capital.