Pasig City emerges as Philippine National Capital of WWF’s One Planet City Challenge

Pasig City is named as the Philippine National Capital of the 2017-2018 edition of World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) One Planet City Challenge (OPCC).

OPCC is a biennial challenge that aims to acknowledge cities’ efforts for developing innovative solutions to challenges related to transport, infrastructure, housing, and mobility. Some 133 cities representing 23 countries joined this edition of the OPCC.

WWF has partnered with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability by using the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR)- a global reporting platform where cities can publicly report their performance, commitments, and actions in addressing climate change.

ICLEI SEAS supported OPCC-participating cities in Indonesia, Philippines, and Pakistan through the conduct of city-level workshops. These workshops utilized ICLEI’s tools namely the GreenClimateCities (GCC), the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), ClearPath, and cCR.

With this edition’s theme of sustainable transport and mobility, Pasig City embodied the commitment to reduce its carbon emissions while addressing traffic congestions. Leading experts in the field of urban sustainability, which comprised WWF’s jury, concluded that Pasig City is worthy of being the Philippine National Capital due to its concrete steps towards renewable energy and energy efficiency.

With this development, Pasig City is eligible to win the Global OPCC Prize which will be awarded in September.

Pasig City is also a finalist of the We Love Cities, a social media campaign encouraging citizens to express support and recommendations to their cities’ journey towards sustainability. Makati and San Carlos are finalists to this campaign as well.

An ICLEI member since 2016, Pasig City also serves as the model city of the ICLEI-led project, Ambitious City Promises. Supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through its International Climate Initiative, the project supports the city in coming up with an ambitious climate action plan that mainstreams low emission development and is driven by citizen engagement.


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