WWF's One Planet City Challenge

The OPCC Will Recognize Cities Scaling New Heights on Climate Action

April 6, 2017

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WWF-Philippines is inviting cities all over the country to join the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) and show how sustainable cities can be a hub for creativity, ambition and innovation in climate action.

WWF’s One Planet City Challenge, formerly known as the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC), is a biennial competition that recognizes and rewards cities for developing infrastructure, housing, transport, and mobility solutions to power the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

“Cities can be the blueprint and inspiration for a sustainable world,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International. “Progressive climate policy by local governments can radically reduce the impact of transport, housing and other high-emitting sectors and deliver greener, healthier and more livable cities and homes for people.”

The competition is looking to find different cities in the Philippines that have taken actions in this direction and are ready to take part in a global challenge. Certain criteria will be applied in the search for these cities to ensure that entries will be eligible globally. The One Planet City Challenge was designed by WWF to mobilize action and support from cities in global climate efforts, including the goals now set forth by the Paris Agreement.

From April 5 to May 15, WWF-Philippines is inviting Philippine cities to fill up and submit documents that show that they meet at least three (3) of the following criteria:

  • High level of ambition and ability to deliver on commitments and transformational change;
  • Ability to integrate actions into coherent and overarching climate action plans;
  • Determination to align with a transparent, science-based GHG emission reduction trajectory;
  • Innovative approaches to addressing urban mobility.

A cover letter from the Mayor must also be submitted as a show of intent to officially be part of the OPCC. The documents to be submitted should follow a template provided by WWF-Philippines. To receive the official template, please email oneplanetcitychallenge@wwf.org.ph.

Once an official list of entries is gathered, the cities will be evaluated by an international jury of experts, on areas ranging from urban planning and transport, to consumer behavior and energy systems. The most ambitious cities will be recognized as national winners, and, from among these, one city will be crowned the global winner of the One Planet City Challenge. WWF will profile the winning cities’ achievements in a global digital campaign designed to strengthen public support for city-led climate action.

2017 marks the fifth anniversary of the competition which has engaged over 320 cities across five continents since its inception. Seven Philippine cities were among 124 cities from around the world that joined the 2015-2016 Challenge. “Cities are important actors in the transition towards a low-carbon and sustainable future. Thus, cities working collectively to change climate change can enable their people and communities to thrive and prosper while respecting the ecological limits of our one and only planet”, states WWF Philippines President and CEO Joel Palma.

One Planet City Challenge finalists will be announced during the second quarter of 2018. Visit www.panda.org/opcc for further details on the challenge and how to participate.


For more information, please contact:

Atty. Angela Consuelo Ibay
Head, Climate and Energy Programme


Ms. Imee Bellen
One Planet City Challenge Project Manager


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