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Amsterdam and Rotterdam among top 10 most sustainable cities worldwide

Rankings 22 April 2015, 05:48

The cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands have recently been named as two of the top ten most sustainable cities in the world by ARCADIS, a leading global consultancy firm. Its “2015 Sustainable Cities Index” report analysed global metropolises in order to develop a ranking of the top 50 most sustainable cities in the world.

Chessboard in Amsterdam, HollandThe cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands have recently been named as two of the top ten most sustainable cities in the world by ARCADIS, a leading global consultancy firm. Its “2015 Sustainable Cities Index” report analysed global metropolises in order to develop a ranking of the top 50 most sustainable cities in the world.

The report is the first of its kind, intended to help policy makers make better decisions for their cities, focused on three key areas: planet, profit, and people. While the first two categories take environment into consideration, ARCADIS mentions that it will be increasingly important to consider people as an influential category as the worldwide population continues to grow. The key will be to create a level of environmental sustainability that doesn’t hugely impact an acceptable level of human comfort.

The top 10 cities in the report include 7 European cities and 3 cities in East Asia. Amsterdam and Rotterdam placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the index, with Amsterdam scoring in the top 10 in all three categories.

Amsterdam’s results

In the Planet category, analysing a city’s level of renewable energy use, waste management efficiency, and access to sanitation and drinking water, Amsterdam ranked sixth overall.

Amsterdam scored well in the Profit category, coming in fourth overall. This category analysed a number of factors including ease of doing business, importance in larger economic networks, commuting conditions, energy efficiency, and GDP per capita.

The People category looked at interaction between people and their city environment. Amsterdam scored seventh in this category.

Rotterdam’s results

View of Rotterdam, photo by Rotterdam Business SchoolIn terms of Planet, Rotterdam scored fifth overall.The Rotterdam Sustainability Programme implemented through the Rotterdam Municipal Executive, is striving to create a clean, green, and healthy city that is 100% climate change-proof by 2025. This programme greatly contributes to Rotterdam’s sustainable development.

The city was ranked 19th overall in the Profit category where its average GDP per capita, calculated at $34,500 USD, brought its score down.

Scoring exceptionally well in the People category, Rotterdam topped the list due to its policies that encourage a high quality of life with plenty of leisure time. It also places importance on affordability of property within the city, something which is rarely found in many of the other cities in the index.

Top ten

The Sustainable Cities Index is meant to encourage cities to adopt policies that create a comfortable place to live while also thriving economically in an environmentally friendly way. After analysing cities around the world based on a variety of criteria, the top ten cities were revealed as follows:

  1. Frankfurt
  2. London
  3. Copenhagen
  4. Amsterdam
  5. Rotterdam
  6. Berlin
  7. Seoul
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Madrid
  10. Singapore

Source: arcadis.com

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