One Planet City Challenge | WWF South Africa


One Planet City Challenge

WWF is excited to announce that the 2017 call for cities to take part in the One Planet City Challenge (previously the Earth Hour City Challenge) is now open.
The One Planet City Challenge invites cities in participating countries to report ambitious and innovative climate actions and to demonstrate how they are delivering on the 2015 Paris Agreement. Cities are also encouraged to demonstrate how they have enabled a dramatic increase in sustainable and efficient renewable energy solutions as well as sustainable urban transport systems in coming decades.

The challenge is a WWF initiative to mobilise climate and sustainability actions in cities, while voicing support for existing actions, in the global transition towards a climate-friendly, one-planet future. It aims to develop and disseminate climate mitigation and adaptation best practices.

Entrants will be evaluated on criteria including:
  • 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
Final date for submissions is the 29th of September 2017. But cities reporting before the 15th of June and the 12th of August will have the benefit of respectively two or one rounds of feedback, improving their chances to be selected as national winners and ultimately the international winner.

ICLEI is WWF SA’s partnering assisting cities in registering and completing the reporting templates on the carbonn Climate Registry. The contact person in this regard is Belinda Mills. For more information please download the brochure.

Earth Hour Capital 2016: Tshwane

Last year the City of Tshwane emerged as the South African Earth Hour City Challenge national winner.

Earth Hour City Challenge 2014-15

Earth Hour Capital Challenge:
Teams navigated 2015's National Earth Hour Capital, City of Tshwane, using public transport and competing for the lowest carbon footprint.


  • Louise Scholtz 
    Manager: Special Projects
    Policy and Futures Unit
    WWF South Africa
    +27 21 657 6600

    Irina Velasco
    Project Manager: Earth Hour City Challenge
    +27 21 2020 400