WWF Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC)
|Name of initiative||WWF Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC)|
|Secretariat||World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street, N.W., WWF, Washington, DC 20037-1193, P.O. Box 97180, phone: (202) 293-4800, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Organisational structure|| 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. Reporting on the platform closes on November 13.
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.
|Name of lead organisation||WWF|
|Type of lead organisation||International organisation|
|Location/Nationality of lead organisation||United States of America|
|Description|| The EHCC is a year-long competition among cities to promote renewable energy and prepare for climate change. U.S. cities that participate are recognized for their efforts in spreading the global movement to create more sustainable, resilient cities and compete for the title of U.S. Earth Hour Capital as well as grants from WWF.
Any city or town in the U.S. can join the Earth Hour City Challenge. To participate, cities must report at least one commitment to quantifiably reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand renewable energy, or increase energy efficiency and one action undertaken or planned to meet those commitments.
|Objectives|| 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 central goal of the City Challenge is to highlight and reward city governments that are making substantial long-term efforts to combat climate change. Cities are invited to report inspiring, and credible commitments and actions transitioning to renewable energy and building climate resilient community. A City Commitment is not required, but ideally commitments include: an absolute or BAU target for reducing CO2 emissions, an absolute or BAU target for reducing CO2 equivalent emissions, a reduction target of the carbon intensity per unit output, an improvement target for energy efficiency and a target value of energy sourced from renewables. Cities from 17 different countries around the world have participated.
A City Commitment is not required, but ideally commitments include: an absolute or BAU target for reducing CO2 emissions, an absolute or BAU target for reducing CO2 equivalent emissions, a reduction target of the carbon intensity per unit output, an improvement target for energy efficiency and a target value of energy sourced from renewables.
|Activities||During Earth Hour, hundreds of millions of people around the world turn off their lights for one hour to show their commitment to the planet.|
|One or two success stories achieved|
Monitoring and Impacts
|Function of initiative||Political dialogue, Implementation|
|Activity of initiative||Awareness raising and outreach, Goal setting (ex-ante)|
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|Research and educational organisations||0|
|Non-governmental organisations||60|| To support these efforts, WWF launched the Earth Hour City Challenge in 2012. The global initiative recognizes the efforts of our country’s most sustainable cities and, with awards and grants, encourages them to do more.
This year 60 US cities are participating. And three finalists will now compete for the title of Earth Hour Capital: Chicago, Cleveland and Boulder, CO.
|Regional / state / county actors||0|
|City / municipal actors||0|
|Other members||2||Collaboration with ICLEI (Germany), and the Carbonn Climate Registy (Germany.|
|Number of members in the years|| |
|Have only national states as participators||No|
|Transport||Agriculture||Forestry||Business||Financial institutions||Buildings||Industry||Waste||Cities and subnational governments||Short Term Pollutants||International maritime transport||Energy Supply||Fluorinated gases||Energy efficiency||Renewable energy||Supply chain emission reductions||Adaptation||Other||Resilience||Innovation||Energy Access and Efficiency||Private Finance|
Not only have national states as participators