There are cities that have spent years becoming more and more eco-friendly. Their governments work hard to protect the environment, and their people do the same to reduce their plastic footprints and have more sustainable lifestyles. The effort pays off, these are cities that have fresh air, cleaner streets, and more active and happier citizens. Check out which cities make the list:
The Danish capital has been on every greenest city list for years now. The cities entire infrastructure is conducive to walking an cycling rather than driving cars, in consequence, it has a really low level of carbon dioxide emissions and has significantly cut down their gas and oil usage. They’re actually trying to become carbon neutral by 2025. As if that wasn’t enough, they also recycle and compost reducing both their energy consumption and pollution. They also strive to use solar energy to make their buildings more eco-friendly and are working on creating more renewable energy plants. It seems they might be able to easily achieve their carbon neutral plans.
Iceland is one of the coldest countries in the world, so you’d think keeping all of its people warm would take a lot of energy and result in high carbon dioxide emissions. But Reykjavik is actually an example of smart use of a country’s resources. Iceland has more than 30 active volcanoes and the country uses them for geothermal energy, while their access to big bodies of water allows them to use hydrothermal energy for all of their needs.
A few decades ago the Asian city-state was facing a lot of pollution-related issues, nowadays they are recognized as one of the cleanest cities in the entire world. In the last years, Singapore has experienced incredible growth and they still make sure they expand in an environmentally responsible way. Since 2005, they have been designing green buildings that consume less water and energy. The Singaporean government has also made a lot of efforts to ensure both residential and commercial energy consumption stays as low as possible. And rooftop gardens that provide clean air and survive on rainwater are a staple throughout the city.
Just like Copenhagen, Amsterdam has made it incredibly easy for their citizens to ride bicycles everywhere they need to go. That’s why there are more bikes than people in the city. Biking is a way of life for its people, which means fewer cars and less pollution. The government also encourages people to make use of solar energy, and most houses have small-scale turbines to help with their sustainable energy use.
Stockholm is so committed to being green, people actually get help from the government to install green spaces in their homes. Its culinary scene has also become famous for encouraging farm-to-table and 0 km produce in their menu. They’re also working to be fossil fuel free by 2050 thanks to its waste programme. In Stockholm, all waste is recycled and transformed into biogas. No wonder it was the first European city to win the European Green Capital Award.