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10.03.2016
Three Indian cities selected as finalists for WWF global city challenge
Rajkot, Pune and Coimbatore are in the final run-up to become the global capitals under World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015-16. One out of these is bound to be named as India’s National Earth Hour Capital 2016. Launched in 2011, EHCC inspires and supports cities to become solution hotspots for building sustainable cities. This challenge aims to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a...

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01.02.2016
Ten Indian cities take first step towards global Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC)
The Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015-2016 is an initiative by ICLEI and World Wide Fund (WWF) to promote renewable energy and prepare for climate change. In this year-long competition, cities across the world are recognized for their efforts to create more sustainable and resilient cities. The participants also compete for the title of Earth Hour Capital. The competition encourages cities to come forward and report their Greenhouse Gas...

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06.07.2015
Will your city be the next Earth Hour Capital - Earth Hour City Challenge 2015-16 is now open!
Cities have been actively participating in Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) for three consecutive years. Acknowledging the zeal and vigour of the numerous cities which have been a part of this initiative, the EHCC 2015-16 campaign was launched on 1 July, 2015. WWF has invited over 20 countries this year to demonstrate their climate leadership and ambition by reporting their inspiring climate commitments, performance and actions. The theme for...

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13.04.2015
Thane wins “National Earth Hour Capital 2015” title
At the Earth Hour City Challenge award ceremony in Seoul, Korea on the 9th April 2015, Thane was announced as India’s National Earth Hour Capital 2015, with Seoul winning the title of the Global Earth Hour Capital. After a rigorous exercise of deliberating and assessing the sustainable activities reported by the finalist cities under the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC), an expert jury panel has declared Thane as the winning...

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13.03.2015
Aiming towards creating a climate friendly future for Pune at the Green Energy Fair
More than 500 people visited the Green Energy Fair, organised in Pune city on 4 March 2015, with support from Pune Municipal Corporation and WWF – India, as part of the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) project. The fair, wherein essential information on various applications of renewable energy was shared with the citizens of Pune city, was inaugurated by the additional commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation, Mr. Rajendra Jagtaap followed by...

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19.02.2015
Rajkot takes a leap towards a greener lifestyle with the Green Energy Fair
As part of the global Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) and the associated people’s choice campaign called We Love Cities, a Green Energy Fair was organised jointly by Rajkot Municipal Corporation, WWF-India and ICLEI-South Asia, at Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Energy Park, Rajkot on 9 February 2015. The fair attracted many people from across the city and included various renewable energy manufacturers, school students, teachers and other people...

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09.01.2015
Pune, Rajkot and Thane in the run for WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge 2015
Pune, Rajkot and Thane are among the three Indian cities that will compete to bag the title of Global Earth Hour Capital in WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015. A total of 50 cities from across 17 countries have entered the final round. The three Indian cities will also be competing with each other for the title of National Earth Hour Capital. Coimbatore was named as the National Earth Hour Capital in 2014. All the three finalist...

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10.10.2014
13 Indian cities will be competing this year for the EHCC 2015 crown
The 13 Indian cities that have been finalised to compete for the Global Earth Hour City Challenge 2015 are Ahmedabad, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Gandhinagar, Gwalior, Kota, Nashik, Panaji, Pune, Rajkot, Shimla and Thane. All the cities have successfully reported all relevant data on energy consumption, mitigation and adaptation actions, action plans, etc, on carbonn Climate Registry (cCR). 7 out of these 13 cities are from the...

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26.08.2014
Deadline extended for Earth Hour City Challenge
Registration for the Earth Hour City Challenge has been extended to 15 September, allowing interested cities ten extra days to confirm their involvement. Run by WWF in collaboration with ICLEI and the Swedish Postcode Lottery, the EHCC initiative celebrates cities and towns that are taking actions to create a greener, cleaner and more sustainable urban environment, while inspiring other cities to do the same. Cities can register for EHCC...

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Earth Hour City Challenge – Helping cities create climate friendly lifestyles

07/23/2014

“Earth Hour City Challenge has clearly demonstrated that global level of ambition can be easily raised with ambitious local leaders and actions. Now it is the responsibility of national governments to tap this potential into the new global climate regime,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI, the focal point of local governments at the UNFCCC.

From 6 countries in 2012-13 to 14 in 2013-14 and 18 in 2014-15, the participants in the Earth Hour City Challenge have been increasing at a commendable pace, making it even more exciting. Cape Town in South Africa was awarded the title of the Global Earth Hour Capital in 2013-14, with Coimbatore having won the India Earth Hour Capital Award for 2013-14. This year again more than 160 cities will participate and commit to sustainable development. The primary focus of the challenge in 2014-2015 is on city actions that help move investment flows from fossil fuels to renewable and sustainable energy solutions.

In India, the participating cities have increased from 6 in 2012-13 to 11 in 2013-14. This year 14 cities are proposed to take part in Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2014-15, started in June 2014. The potential cities have already been informed and help has also been extended to them by ICLEI South Asia and WWF India to make them aware of the rules and regulations of the competition and any other things they would have to bear in mind while participating. 13 cities have already filed their nominations to participate while few are yet to confirm.

Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) is an initiative designed by WWF to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly, one-planet future, and to stimulate the development and dissemination of best practices for climate mitigation and adaptation. It is run as a recurrent and increasingly global challenge for cities to present ambitious, holistic, inspiring and credible plans for low carbon development and for dramatically increasing the use of sustainable and efficient renewable energy solutions in the next few decades. Cities upload this data on an online platform which is then reviewed by an international jury of experts. Cities having actions strongly promoting renewable energy and innovations across sectors are given preference by the Jury Members.

More than being a challenge, it is a global movement that has encouraged cities to switch to renewable energy sources from fossil fuels and become sustainable and resilient. It has inspired cities to act locally towards sustainable development and at the same time be connected to a global platform to share experience for a climate friendly future.

For more information on ICLEI South Asia’s EHCC activities, visit:
http://southasia.iclei.org/our-goals/low-carbon-city/earth-hour-city-challenge/
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Coimbatore - the 2014 crown bearer of Indian National Earth Hour Capital!

03/28/2014

At a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada, on 27 March 2015, WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) awarded Coimbatore as the National Earth Hour Capital for India; Cape Town, South Africa was awarded the Global Earth Hour Capital 2014. Over 160 cities from 14 countries joined the competition, more than double the participation from last year. This year, the jury paid particular attention to each city’s level of ambition and innovation for low carbon development in relation to the local context. The other National Capitals are Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Brussels Capital Region, Belgium; Chicago, The United States; Copenhagen, Denmark; Edmonton, Canada; Lappeenranta, Finland; Mexico City, Mexico; Monteria, Colombia; Muangklang, Thailand; Semarang, Indonesia; Seoul, South Korea; Stockholm, Sweden.

With its long daylight hours and high investment in technology, Coimbatore is well placed to become a true Solar Power City. Solar cookers in schools and plans for a new 5MW solar plant are just one part of the picture: the city has great community, waste and energy programs too.

The City Challenge also invited people around the globe to voice their support for renewable energy and for the 33 green city finalists through the social media platform We Love Cities. The online voting campaign collected more than 300,000 votes from people who truly love their cities and want to see them become more sustainable. Tied for first place were Medellin, Colombia and Khunhan, Thailand. Both cities successfully engaged their citizens in contributing votes and online feedback, including hundreds of suggestions on how their lovable cities can be even more sustainable.

Visit Carbonn Cities Climate Registry for more information on what these cities are doing to develop sustainably and to transition toward a 100% renewable energy future.
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Cochin, Coimbatore and Hyderabad among the final 34 cities for EHCC 2014!

01/21/2014

Cochin, Coimbatore and Hyderabad are among the 34 finalists chosen to compete for the Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 crown. These 34 finalists have been chosen from an array of 163 cities from 14 countries worldwide. The cities have reported their GHG inventory including low carbon actions and action plans on carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR), an internationally recognised greenhouse gas emissions reporting platform for local governments, managed by ICLEI. One of these 163 cities will be chosen for the title of Global Earth Hour Capital 2014 and will be honored at Vancouver, Canada on March 27, 2014. Vancouver was awarded the title of Global Earth Hour Capital 2013 for its outstanding holistic and strategic approach. In additional to the overall EHCC winner, an expert jury will review the actions and commitments reported by all cities and will select one National Earth Hour Capital per country – Delhi being the Indian winner in 2013.

These three Indian cities are in the esteemed league of the most sustainable cities worldwide due to their impressive and continuous actions in the field of sustainability.

Hyderabad has been leading India to more sustainable real estate through tax rebates, eco-building guidelines and energy auditing. Hyderabad Municipality is also the first Indian city to create a ‘biodiversity’ wing – an administrative body to improve local flora and fauna.

Coimbatore, with its long daylight hours and high investment in technology, is well placed to become a true Solar Power City. Solar cookers in schools and plans for a new 5MW solar plant are just one part of the picture: the city has also great community programmes in the field of waste and energy, during which residents are felicitated and acknowledged for any noteworthy work done in relevant fields.

Cochin is already a leading low-emission city compared to the Indian national average, but is still looking for new ways to reduce its CO2 emissions. As home to the first Indian airport with solar-powered operations, as well as a solar-powered crematorium, Cochin is a hub of applied innovation.

In addition to the winners selected by an official jury, all 163 cities will also compete in a public campaign to select the city most deserving of the We Love Cities Award, to be presented in Vancouver. You can also join this global celebration of the most lovable sustainable cities by visiting http://www.welovecities.org/, and voting for your favourite one!

You could also Tweet, Like and Share on Twitter (#WeLoveCities) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Earthhourcitychallenge) and add your voice!

Help Indian cities rise and shine on this esteemed global platform and see whose sustainable actions prove fruitful this year. Vote now for your city and help them win the award for the most popular city.
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Eleven Indian cities ready to contend for EHCC crown!

10/15/2013

The eleven Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) Indian contenders are now finally selected: Pune, Panaji, GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation), Bhubaneswar, Shimla, Ahmadabad, Cochin, Nagpur, Coimbatore, New Delhi and Kota confirmed their participation in the 2013 EHCC edition.

The Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) is a global initiative by WWF and ICLEI, designed to encourage cities to report their plans for low carbon development and to increase the use of sustainable, renewable and efficient energy options in the future.

ICLEI South Asia has been carrying out Stakeholder Consultation meetings in all the eleven cities, to introduce them to the Challenge and collect information on the cities’ climate change related initiatives, which have been entered in the carbonn Cities Climate Registry.

A panel of judges will now review the entries received from across the globe, especially focusing on sustainable development plans for building, transport, energy and food systems. In the end, the best city from each country will be announced as the Earth Hour National Capital (Delhi being the 2012 Indian winner), and the winner from these will be declared the Earth Hour Capital.
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Introduction to Earth Hour City Challenge webinars

09/24/2013

Is your city planning to rise to the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC)? Then you might want to join the webinars organized by ICLEI on 25 September and 2 October, to find out all about it.

Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) is a global initiative by WWF and ICLEI designed to encourage cities to present their plans for low carbon development and to increase the use of sustainable, renewable and efficient energy in the future. It also recognizes cities for adopting renewable energy and preparing for climate-related severe weather.

As of now, eight Indian cities are already confirmed for the EHCC 2013 edition: Pune, Panaji, GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation), Bhubaneswar, Shimla, Ahmadabad, Cochin and Coimbatore. ICLEI South Asia is currently carrying out Stakeholder Consultation meetings in all these cities, to introduce them to the challenge and start a first collection of data, that will later be entered in the carbonn Cities Climate Registry.

ICLEI is currenty offering four webinars:
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm IST
Time: 8:30-9:30 pm IST

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm IST
Time: 8:30-9:30 pm IST
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Competition starts among Indian cities for title of EHCC Indian Capital

08/20/2013

Shimla, Pune, Coimbatore, Cochin and Hyderabad are ready to contend among themselves the title of “Indian Earth Hour Capital” and aim to become the Global one.

While Coimbatore, Cochin and Hyderabad participated also in the 2013 edition, Shimla and Pune are new additions to the list of Indian cities that joined the Earth Hour City Challenge, a global initiative by WWF and ICLEI designed to encourage cities to present their plans for low carbon development and for increased use of sustainable, renewable and efficient energy in the future.
This year, cities from 14 countries (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Finland, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and USA) can enter the competition. In addition to a Global winner, each country will nominate their National EHCC Earth Hour Capital – Delhi was crowned with the 2013 title in India.

ICLEI South Asia will select a total of nine Indian cities, based on the interest they show and the energy efficient initiatives they are undertaking.
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Webinar on Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 on 10 July 2013

06/27/2013

To better prepare cities compete in the Earth Hour City Challenge, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is offering two introduction to Earth Hour City Challenge webinars on 10 July 2013:

Time: 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM IST
Time: 08:30 PM - 09:30 PM IST

The EHCC is run by WWF in collaboration with ICLEI and the Swedish Postcode Lottery. Founded in Sweden to celebrate Earth Hour 2011, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative was created to celebrate cities and towns that are taking innovative actions towards creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live in, while inspiring other cities to do the same.

For the 2013/2014 edition, local governments from the following countries can enroll: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, India, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden and USA.

In the EHCC 2013, six cities from India (Bhubhaneshwar, Cochin, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Jaipur and New Delhi) were shortlisted based on the expression of interest they submitted; New Delhi stood finally out among Cochin and Coimbatore and was crowned in March as National Capital from India, In cooperation with WWF India, ICLEI South Asia is again looking to support Indian cities in joining the EHCC 2014; in addition to the six competitors of last year three more cities will be selected to be part of this global quest to find the EHCC champion – the names will be released soon.

Participating cities and towns can already start reporting their commitments, performances and actions on the carbonn® Cities Climate Registry (cCCR), an internationally recognized greenhouse gas emissions reporting platform for local governments, managed by ICLEI. The Registry will remain open until 13 October 2013 for EHCC reporting.

The evaluation process conducted by an international jury of expert will then lead to the nomination of one Earth Hour capital per participating country and one selected global Earth Hour Capital. All finalists will be celebrated and promoted through social media, web, films, conferences and a global award ceremony close to Earth Hour in 2014.

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Call out to Indian cities: are you the next Global Earth Hour Capital 2014?

05/03/2013

While the city of Delhi still basks in the recognition awarded by the WWF, who crowned them National Earth Hour Capital, other Indian cities can start preparing to take over the title next year, as the Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 has officially been open!

Delhi was one of the three Indian finalists of the 2013 edition (together with Cochin and Coimbatore), and competed in the challenge together with other 66 cities from Italy, US, Canada, Norway and Sweden - the City of Vancouver being ultimately awarded the title of Global Earth Hour Capital 2013 for its outstanding holistic and strategic approach. This year, the competition expanded to include 15 countries, including the six from 2013.

Although urban dwellers currently account for over 70% of global CO2 emissions, cities also have the potential to create conditions for climate smart and sustainable lifestyles, allowing the world’s population to live well within the boundaries of our one and only planet. WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge was designed to highlight and reward cities that are prepared to make substantial long-term efforts to combat global warming.

“Earth Hour City Challenge has clearly demonstrated that global level of ambition can be easily raised with ambitious local leaders and actions. Now it is the responsibility of national governments to tap this potential into the new global climate regime,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI, the focal point of local governments at the UNFCCC.

ICLEI South Asia invites Indian cities with ambitious energy efficient initiatives and plans to accept the challenge: write to iclei-southasia@iclei.org to find out if you have what it takes to become the Global Earth Hour Capital 2014!
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New Delhi awarded the National Earth Hour Capital title

On 19 March, at the Earth Hour City Conference in Malmö, Sweden, the winners of the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) were finally been unveiled: while Vancouver was recognized as the Global Earth Hour Capital, New Delhi stood out among Cochin and Coimbatore and was crowned “National Earth Hour Capital”! A similar title was awarded to Forli (Italy), Oslo (Norway), San Francisco (USA) and Uppsala (Sweden).

In New Delhi, the mandatory requirement for the bus fleet and autorickshaws to run on CNG since 2004 has played a significant role in reducing air pollution and release of emissions. The Delhi Metro Rail, which carries close to 2 million people everyday, has helped in reducing private cars on the roads and bringing down pollution levels by 630,000 tonnes every year.

India will be again one of the participating countries for the 2013 edition of the Earth Hour City Challenge. More information about entering the competition will be soon available on the ICLEI South Asia website.

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EHCC: New Delhi, Kochi and Coimbatore are finalists

Seventeen cities from across the world made it to the final round of the Earth Hour City Challenge, a global initiative by WWF and ICLEI designed to mobilize low carbon action in cities by engaging them in a climate- friendly competition.

These seventeen were chosen out of 66 cities that participated from 6 countries: Canada, India, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United States. India was the first developing country to join this initiative. Of the six Indian cities selected initially -- Bhubhaneshwar, Cochin, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and New Delhi – New Delhi, Kochi and Coimbatore were selected to go through to the final round.
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Indian cities compete for the Earth Hour City Challenge

The Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) programme gained momentum this month with introductory stakeholder meetings held in the six Indian cities selected: Bhubaneswar, Cochin, Hyderabad, Jaipur, New Delhi and Coimbatore. The cities were introduced to the challenge and the energy and emissions data of each were collected with their low carbon action plans. These details along with each city’s basic information are reported on Carbonn an online platform used by cities to report the energy and emissions inventories. The jury, represented by Accenture, will select the winning city based on its carbon footprint, and climate mitigation initiatives already taken.
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The challenge is on: low carbon reporting begins

The first stakeholder consultation has been concluded in the six Indian cities selected to take part in the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC): Hyderabad, Kochi, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar and Delhi. The EHCC – a global initiative by ICLEI and WWF – is designed to encourage cities to present their plans for low carbon development and to increase the use of sustainable, renewable and efficient energy in the future. Italy, the US, Canada, Norway and Sweden are also taking part in this challenge. The selected Indian cities are uploading their city level emissions, as well as their low carbon actions and commitments on ICLEI's global reporting platform i.e Carbonn (http://carbonn.org/)
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Six Indian cities shortlisted to take part in the Earth Hour City Challenge

The cities of Hyderabad, Kochi, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar and Delhi have been shortlisted to participate in the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC). The EHCC – a global initiative by ICLEI and WWF – is designed to encourage cities to present their plans for low carbon development and to increase the use of sustainable, renewable and efficient energy in the future. Italy, US, Canada, Norway and Sweden are also participating in this challenge, which aims to inspire cities to lead global footprint reduction, encourage the disclosure of city emissions and climate action plans, increase the engagement of urban dwellers, and build constituencies for bold action by state and local governments. The first stakeholder and project launch meeting was held in Coimbatore xxx. Stakeholder consultation is on, after which data collection will commence.
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Six Indian cities shortlisted to take part in the Earth Hour City Challenge

The cities of Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Jaipur, Coimbatore and Bhubaneswar have been shortlisted to participate in the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC). The EHCC – a global initiative by ICLEI and WWF – is designed to encourage cities to present their plans for low carbon development and to increase the use of sustainable, renewable and efficient energy in the future. Italy, US, Canada, Norway and Sweden are also participating in this challenge, which aims to inspire cities to lead global footprint reduction, encourage the disclosure of city emissions and climate action plans, increase the engagement of urban dwellers, and build constituencies for bold action by state and local governments. The first stakeholder and project launch meeting will be held in Coimbatore in the last week of September.
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Calling on cities to be part of the Earth Hour City Challenge

ICLEI South Asia is inviting Expressions of Interest to Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) – a global initiative by WWF and ICLEI- designed to encourage cities to present their plans for low carbon development and for increasing the use of sustainable, renewable and efficient energy in the future. Italy, US, Canada, Norway and Sweden are also participating in this event. Seven cities will be selected and of these, one city in each country will win the EHCC

 
 
 
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