eThekwini joins bid to become low-carbon city

2013-09-26 00:00

THE eThekwini Metro is joining five other South African metros to register their entries on the carbon Cities Climate Registry (cCCR), an internationally recognised carbon reporting platform.

They will now participate with Cape Town, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Buffalo City in the WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge global competition. The metros will have to provide evidence of their existing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish low-carbon development strategies.

“WWF South Africa is ecstatic that all of the South African cities and municipalities currently suitable to take up the challenge, have chosen to do so. The enthusiasm of the participating cities demonstrates the determined commitment of some of our cities to preserve our finite resources and contribute to global planetary wellbeing,” said WWF-SA CEO Morné du Plessis.

The cCCR is open to all municipalities in South Africa to report their actions and to attract funding; regardless of whether they are taking part in the challenge or not.

In addition to the six metros, the South African Cities Network, NGO Sustainable Energy Africa, and the Western Cape and Mpumalanga provinces, have all registered their support.

“Transitioning to a low-carbon future is the best way for municipalities to fulfil their responsibility to meeting human needs in a carbon constrained world. As such, every disclosure of carbon emissions is an achievement, every project is a ray of hope, every reduction is a celebration and every entry to the challenge is a bold step towards a better present and brighter future,” said Du Plessis.

Five of the six participating cities will be showcased at the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS) Congress in Dar es Salaam from October 30 to November 1.

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