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15.04.2015 | JagranJosh.com Alert – Current Affairs (करेंट अफेयर्स)

Apr 14, 2015 15:32 IST

    Thane: The National Earth Hour Capital 2015

    • Thane in Mumbai, Maharashtra was named as the National Earth Hour Capital of 2015 on 9 April 2015.
    • It emerged as winner in the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015 conducted by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
    • It was declared National Earth Hour Capital 2015 for its city mobility plan and solar and waste-to-energy initiatives.
    • Some of the actions taken by Thane city administration towards this include mandatory use of solar water-heating systems for municipal buildings; use of wind-solar hybrid systems; use of solar energy for lighting and air-conditioning; solar rooftop net metering-based power generation; and regular energy audits
    • Besides, city administration also commissioned energy-efficient street lighting, bio-methanation plant to treat municipal solid waste & generate electricity and three cyclic switching units for optimal use of streetlights. These projects were commissioned by Energy Service Company (ESCO).
    • From India 13 cities participated in the EHCC 2015 and among these three finalists were Thane, Rajkot and Pune
    • In 2014, Coimbatore was selected as the National Earth Hour Capital.
    • At the global level, Seoul, the capital of South Korea was declared as Global Earth Hour Capital 2015.
    • In 2014, Cape Town was declared as the Global Earth Hour Capital.

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