Copenhagen is ranked fifth in a new study by the energy comparison site Uswitch, which ranks cities according to their sustainability.
The decisive factors were green energy, transport, affordability, pollution, air quality, C02 emissions and green public spaces.
Energy, public transport and clean air
Not surprisingly, Copenhagen’s green energy score was 83 percent high. This is thanks to initiatives such as Copenhill, which transforms waste into energy, and the fact that the city is largely run by Denmark’s world-class wind sector.
Transportation infrastructure was another highscorer. Copenhagen’s buses are electric, and much of the leisure and tourist industry – GoBoat canal trips for example – are completely electric and solar-powered.
Due to restrictions on highly polluting vehicles and the famous Danish cycling culture, the excellent air quality was another measure that pushed Copenhagen up on the leaderboard.
Down at the top, while the Saudi oil city comes last
Canberra took first place thanks to its public transportation, solar and wind energy and an almost ordinary internet access of 94 percent. Conversely, its pollution index score was one of the lowest in the study.
Jeddah in Saudi Arabia is the least sustainable city on the global index. Its dependence on fuel and gas and the production of crude oils have significant effects on air pollution in the city.
“Where you live has a big influence on how easy it is to be green. Our study highlights which cities are leading the way with sustainability and which ones need to be improved, ”said energy expert Will Owen from Uswitch.
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Source: The Nordic Page