Twenty-three Southeast Asian cities join Earth Hour City Challenge

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is once again challenging cities from around the world to show off their local initiatives to combat climate change. The Earth Hour City Challenge, an annual programme of the WWF, aims to highlight, recognize, and reward city governments that are making substantial and long-term efforts towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future. The challenge which started as a pilot initiative in Sweden in 2010 has expanded globally and has been recognizing cities that demonstrated leadership for renewable and sustainable future. This year, twenty-one (21) countries have taken on the challenge.

The theme of EHCC for 2015-2016 is “Bridging the Gap to 2020.” The theme seeks to explore high-impact and creative actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and further deliver co-benefits related to food, water, and energy security. This year, twenty-three (23) cities from the following Southeast Asian nations are participating in the challenge: Malaysia (4), Philippines (7), Thailand (10), Singapore (1), and Vietnam (1).

WWF-Philippines and ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) have established a partnership and extended support to the seven participating cities from the Philippines, namely Quezon City, Makati, Parañaque, Santa Rosa, Naga, San Carlos, and Cagayan de Oro. The team conducted workshops that further capacitated the cities on the science of climate change and basics of GHG inventory. The workshops also familiarized the participants in the use of the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), the reporting platform managed by ICLEI and utilized in EHCC, and assisted the cities in establishing their GHG emissions performance and in identifying reportable commitments and actions.

Efforts of the participating cities will be evaluated by an international jury through the following criteria: energy efficiency; ambitious and strategic actions; integrating coherent strategies for sustainability; innovative; and significant leadership and credibility. A National Earth Hour Capital will be selected from the participating cities of each country, which will then compete for the title of Global Earth Hour Capital. The city with the most holistic and ambitious plan will be announced as the winner on April 2016.

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Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) introductory workshop in Manila, Philippines, on 27 August 2015. EHCC, an annual programme of the World Wildlife Fund, aims to highlight, recognize, and reward city governments that are making substantial and long-term efforts towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future. Twenty three Southeast Asian cities are participating in the challenge this year.
 
 
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