The Swedish City of Uppsala is this year's global winner of WWF’s One Planet City Challenge (OPCC), along with 22 national winners. The OPCC is a biennial global challenge that recognizes cities for developing sustainable infrastructure, housing, transport and mobility solutions to enable the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient society.
Sustainable transport and mobility was this year’s theme. Winning cities are tackling emissions from transport with innovative solutions.
Nine of the 2018 winners are ICLEI Members. They include: Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Vancouver (Canada), Quito (Ecuador), Rajkot (India), Yokohama (Japan), Melaka (Malaysia), Pasig (Philippines), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) and Kampala (Uganda).
Previously known as the Earth Hour City Challenge, OPCC invites the participating cities to report ambitious and innovative climate actions and to demonstrate how they are delivering on the 2015 Paris Agreement. Cities report their data on the ICLEI carbonn Climate Registry. Outreach and support is provided in collaboration with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
Highlights from ICLEI Members
Belo Horizonte set an 80 percent renewable energy goal by 2030 and plans to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent compared to 2007 levels. The city's flagship initiatives focus on methane gas and solar energy, upgrading waste management and improving public transport. Belo Horizonte financial plan is to invest in urban reforestation projects to add more nature to the city.
Vancouver, the first global OPCC winner in 2013, aims for carbon-free energy by 2050. The city plans to transition to zero emissions buildings in all new construction by 2030. To achieve this, the city is setting limits on emissions and energy use in new buildings, and will reduce these limits over time.
Quito aims to cut carbon emissions by 5 percent, compared to 2015 levels, by 2025. Quito is focusing on improving public transport, strengthening the conservation area management and supporting sustainable agricultural production.
Rajkot is targeting sustainable urban mobility for all city residents to cut emissions 25 percent by 2020 compared to 2012 levels.
The smart city of Yokohama has adopted initiatives involving solar energy and electric vehicles to cut greenhouse gas emissions with 80 percent by 2050, based on 2005 levels.
Melaka opted for new electric vehicle infrastructure and is installing charging stations throughout the city to cut carbon emissions by 45 percent. The aim is to encourage residents, businesses and industries to switch to electric.
Pasig is focusing on becoming a car-free city in the near future. The city plans to expand its pedestrian and cycling pathways to make non-motorized travel popular every day of the week.
Dar es Salaam’s sustainability strategy tackles emissions from traffic. The city is improving its public transport system, making it faster, easier and more reliable. Dar es Salaam aims to engage its citizen through educational programs about sustainability.
Kampala aims at cleaning up its air from car-emissions and cooking fuels. The city is reaching out to engage the entire community through educational programs and workshops that teach clean cooking methods to encourage a transition away from charcoal.