Seoul city, the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea, on 9 April 2015 was awarded the title of Global Earth hour Capital 2015 after it won the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The challenge saw the participation of 163 cities from 16 countries.
The award ceremony was held in Seoul, South Korea.
The city of Balikpapan, 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 and its determination to ramp up use of renewable energy. Seoul’s approach to radically reduce emissions includes
• 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 was shortlisted as the Global Earth Hour Capital 2015 from the 16 National Earth Hour Capitals. These include
• 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
• Vancouver, Canada
Earlier, Seoul had special mention in Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 and Cape Town in South Africa won the title of Global Earth Hour Capital 2014 at a ceremony held at Vancouver, Canada.
How the participant cities were evaluated?
The participant of the WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge was evaluated by their level of ambition and innovation for low carbon development in relation to local circumstances.
When: 9 April 2015