The cCCR is proud to announce that Cape Town was awarded the title of Global Earth Hour Capital at an award ceremony hosted last night by the City of Vancouver, winner of last year edition of the Earth Hour City Challenge. The city of Cape Town was selected by an international jury of experts among 163 cities from 14 countries.
The information provided by the participants on their commitments, greenhouse gas inventories and climate mitigation and adaptation actions on the carbonn Cities Climate Registry served as the basis for the evaluation process.
Cape Town is rewarded for standing out as a role model for other cities in the Global South with a showcase of replicable programs and actions. By integrating climate issues into its city Development Plan, Cape Town demonstrates how low carbon development and climate change mitigation strategies can also help tackle other development priorities such as food, energy and water security.
The city has taken bold steps towards transitioning its energy system away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy with its roll out of a Solar Water Heating programme. Community engagement on sustainability issues and strong progress with energy efficiency, especially its large-scale retrofitting programme for its buildings stock, were other pioneering actions highlighted.
The EHCC is run by WWF in collaboration with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Swedish Postcode Lottery.