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The One Planet City Challenge is WWF’s biennial global challenge that recognizes cities for their ambitions and innovative actions in sectors such as energy, buildings, transport, and waste, to power the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. Rajkot, the fourth largest city of Gujarat, once again bagged the coveted title of the National Winner from India in WWF’s Global One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) 2020. Besides Rajkot, seven other Indian cities, namely Gangtok, Guwahati, Indore, Kochi, Nagpur, Panaji and Pune were among over 255 cities from 53 countries that participated in OPCC 2019-20 edition. After an initial evaluation by WWF and ARUP – a global consultancy, a 27-member international jury comprising urban sustainability experts reviewed the data to select one city from each country as the National Winner, and a Global Winner. Mexico City has been announced as the Global Winner among the 53 National Winners this year.
Rajkot, with its strong low-carbon actions coupled with community engagement, aims to combat climate change with a commitment to reduce 14% of the total annual GHG emissions across key sectors by the year 2022-23. Rajkot’s win for the third consecutive round of OPCC since 2016 is a testimony to its vision for a climate-smart future. The city is also the first in India to include district cooling in its Smart City Plan and is also one of the six 5-star rated cities in the recently announced results of Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities under Swachh Bharat Mission Urban (SBM-U), for the assessment year 2019-20.