Paris the City of Lights took home the title Global Earth Hour Capital in WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge 2016 among stiff competition.
The international jury was impressed with Paris and saw the city as a role model for climate action in cities around the world.The jury specially noted Paris' ambitious vision and successful engagement of key stakeholders on its journey toward sustainability. Selected from a shortlist of 18 national winners, Paris impressed the international jury with its innovative actions, long-term vision and willingness to collaborate and share knowledge capital with cities around the globe.
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Hue City, Vietnam
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Santa Rosa, Philipines
Tshwane, South Africa
125 cities from 21 countries participated in Earth Hour City Challenge 2016. WWF, with the support of Accenture, selected 1-3 finalists per country who were then evaluated by an international jury of experts. The jury analyzed actions and commitments reported by these cities, and identified one sustainability leader per country for the National Earth Hour Capital Awards. One city, Paris, was awarded the title Global Earth Hour Capital 2016. The work of these inspiring cities was highlighted during the United Nations Habitat lll conference in October 2016.
Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Recife, Rio de Janeiro
Canada: Edmonton, Saanich, Vancouver
Colombia: Bogotá, Cali, Monteria
Finland: City of Lappeenranta
France: Bordeaux, Paris,Toulouse
India: Coimbatore, Pune, Rajkot
Indonesia: Balikpapan, Bogor, Jakarta
Malaysia: Melaka, Penang Island, Petaling Jaya
Philippines: Makati, San Carlos, Santa Rosa
Singapore: City of Singapore
Spain: Murcia, Palma de Mallorca
South Africa: Cape Town, Tshwane
Sweden: Eskilstuna, Lund, Umeå
Thailand: Chiangrai, Thungsong
USA: Boulder, Burlington, Evanston
Vietnam: Huế City
Over 300 cities from around the world have participated in Earth Hour City Challenge. These are cities that deserve recognition for their commitment to taking a leadership role in the transition toward a climate-friendly, one-planet future.
With more than 70% of the world’s CO2 emissions generated by residents in cities, the Earth Hour City Challenge has been created to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly one-planet future. The challenge invites cities to report ambitious commitments and 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. Next launch of the challenge in 2017 will be the sixth round of WWFs international city challenge.
Cities are invited to report relevant data, plans and actions via an internationally recognized carbon reporting platform for cities, Carbonn Climate Registry, cCR, managed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. Outreach and support to cities is provided in collaboration with ICLEI and the final plans and data reviewed by an international jury.
The international jury review development plans for building, transport, energy and food systems – solutions that will make a city greener and cleaner and improve living standards for residents.
WWF commissioned Torstensson Arts & Design in Sweden to create an award in line with the sustainability theme of the Earth Hour City Challenge. Reflection conveys the idea that the work Paris, 2016 year´s Global Earth Hour capital, is doing should be reflected out in the world as a source of inspiration for other cities. The prize is made of recycled float-glass, recycled steel and a wood fiberboard in a workshop powered by electricty from renewables.
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