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Earth Hour City Challenge 2015-2016 launched!

Since 1 July 2015, the WWF and ICLEI invite local governments from over 20 countries to demonstrate their climate leadership and ambition, reporting their inspiring climate commitments, performance and actions through the EHCC’s official reporting platform, the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR).   This year’s theme is “Bridging the Gap”. Is your city ready to step up to the Challenge?

For the fifth consecutive year, the WWF will launch the Earth Hour City Challenge. Last year, 166 EHCC cities participated from 17 countries. Ultimately, the international EHCC jury named Seoul, South Korea, the global winner with its ambitious, “One Less Nuclear Power Plant” initiative, key commitments to CO2 reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and impressive range of 88 climate actions.

In addition, of 14 participating Urban-LEDS cities, six were nominated as national EHCC finalists for ambitious low carbon development and climate commitments: Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Rajkot and Thane (India), Balikpapan (Indonesia), and Nelson Mandela Bay (South Africa). The 22 countries eligible in this year's challenge include all four emerging economy Urban-LEDS project countries (Brazil, Indonesia, India and South Africa), plus Finland from Europe.

The Urban-LEDS Model City of Thane, India, and the Satellite City of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, took home the title of EHCC national capitals for their LED actions to increase renewable energy, such as the mandatory use of solar hot water heating. 

In addition, the Urban-LEDS city of Balikpapan, Indonesia was rewarded with the title “Most Lovable Sustainable City 2015” for having achieved the greatest citizen engagement in the EHCC’s social media campaign WeLoveCities 2015 campaign.

Earth Hour City Challenge 2015-2016

The theme for this year's EHCC is "Bridging the Gap", which refers to  the gap between the aggregated global climate commitments and the additional commitments and actions necessary to keep global warming below the 2 °C mark. The 2015-16 Challenge invites cities to:

  1. demonstrate accountability through ambitious climate commitments and transparent reporting of climate data.

  2. report inspiring, big win climate actions, in terms of GHG reductions as well as the co-benefits they provide  in relation to food, water and energy security challenges.

The EHCC international jury is looking for inspiring cases of local climate leadership, with consideration for each city's specific local context (e.g. national/regional support for urban sustainability, available resources, local challenges such as urban poverty, and city size). 

For more information on the Earth Hour City Challenge, please visit: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/cities/earth_hour_city_challenge/ or http://carbonn.org/join/