14 August 2013 – The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) South Africa, in collaboration with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability ? Africa, has launched the Earth hour city challenge (EHCC) competition in South Africa. Designed to highlight and reward cities that are prepared to make substantial long-term efforts to combat climate change, the challenge invites cities around the world to submit inspiring and credible urban development plans for building, transport, energy and food systems – solutions that will make a city greener, cleaner and improve living standards for residents.
Cities will be asked to register their data on the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR), an internationally recognised carbon reporting platform managed by ICLEI which will be open for reporting until October 2013. Strategies will 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.
eThekwini Municipality (Durban) has already signed up to the challenge. Head of the energy unit, Derek Morgan explains, “eThekwini municipality has taken a concerted stance on the fight against climate change and has been reporting its greenhouse gas emissions and accompanying mitigation and adaptation plans on the cCCR for a number of years. Whether eThekwini municipality wins or loses the EHCC is irrelevant. Climate change does not know municipal boundaries and it is therefore important that all municipalities, be it metro, district or local, join hands to collectively tackle climate change.”
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