Mayor Shraddha Jadhav appealed to citizens to switch off non-essential electrical appliances during Earth Hour, between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Saturday.
“I have instructed my staff to switch off all lights and appliances at the Mayor’s Bungalow at Shivaji Park and use earthen lamps for an hour,” she said. “Every Mumbaiite should reduce his or her carbon footprint.”
Mumbai’s two major power distributors, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd (RInfra) and Tata Power Company (TPC), have urged their 30 lakh consumers to support Earth Hour.
RInfra is undertaking initiatives focusing on behavioural changes in energy usage and bringing world-class energy-saving technology to Mumbai under the ‘Change for Mumbai’ campaign. As part of the campaign, Rinfra is helping consumers install energy-efficient appliances such as T5 tubelights, split air-conditioners and ceiling fans.
Tata Power’s national energy conservation movement, ‘Tata Power Energy Club’, a school outreach programme, will support Earth Hour in Mumbai, Jamshedpur and Bangalore.
Mini Tata Power Energy Clubs have started an engagement with six schools across cities to spread awareness about Earth Hour. So far, it has reached out to 2.5 lakh children across 285 schools. These children further reached out to more than eight lakh people. Tata claims club members collectively saved 18.22 lakh units of electricity.