Seoul won the Earth global Hour City Challenge (EHCC) of World Wildlife Fund [ Current Affairs ]


South Korea’s capital Seoul city won the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and winning the challenge among 16 countries and 163 cities at Seoul, South Korea.

The city of Balikpapan of Indonesia was recognized as the Most Loveable City for 2015 and Thane city was named as the National Earth Hour Capital 2015 of India.

Seoul was chosen as the winner by EHCC jury of international experts for its comprehensive approach to tackle climate change -

  • Allocation of a realistic budget for increasing the use of solar power by residents
  • Reduction of transport emissions through greener fuels
  • Building more bus lanes and car sharing programs

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons Seoul has started an ambitious initiative under which by 2020 it will achieve 20 percent electricity self-reliance.

Seoul city was shortlisted as the Global Earth Hour Capital 2015 from the 16 National Earth Hour Capitals. These are -Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Cordoba, Spain, Evanston, USA, Gothenburg, Sweden, Hatyai, Thailand,Jakarta, Indonesia, Lahti, Finland, Monteria, Colombia, Paris, France,Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Puebla, Mexico, City of Singapore, Singapore, Thane, India, Tshwane, South Africa and Vancouver, Canada.

In 2014, Seoul had special mention in Earth Hour City Challengeand Cape Town in South Africa won the title of Global Earth Hour Capital 2014 at a ceremony held at Vancouver, Canada.

- Published on: April 13, 2015