The Most Eco-Friendly Cities In The World
Known as the greenest city in Asia thanks to its mastery of intertwining architecture and nature, Singapore is the most sustainable city in Asia and fourth in the world, according to the Asia Sustainable Cities Index 2018 by Arcadis. The government's effort of improving mobility and connectivity within the city has clearly paid off. Cycling and electric vehicle incentives have correlated with the city's spike in cleaner air and water—a solution Singapore's Southeast Asian neighbours should take note of. The Lion City also owns the world’s largest vertical garden condominium and continues to invest in practical and sustainable living spaces as it expects over 6 million inhabitants by 2030.
Situated between the ocean and the mountains, this North American city has the least amount of carbon emissions among major world cities. Since 2010, Vancouver has worked hard to implement programmes that take care of the environment, including the promotion of biking as a means of transportation, increasing the number of charging ports for electric vehicles and waste management systems that keep the city free of contamination and pollution. Vancouver is competitively working towards becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.
Known as Europe’s Green Capital, Copenhagen is particularly mindful about developing itself hand in hand with nature. Like others on this list, it's a city where the number of bicycles surpasses the number of cars. It's also another city vying to become the most eco-friendly city in the world, putting into effort various initiatives like green roofs, electric public transport and the planting of 100,000 trees.
Amsterdam is definitely one of the coolest cities in Europe, with a perfect combination of the new and the old, and as a city that contains more bikes than even people. There are also more than 300 charging stations for electric vehicles in the city, and local business is big. Local farmers are well supported as the city loves its home-grown and organic products, and whereas in some big cities fast fashion thrives, in Amsterdam, many shops sell slow fashion, made from eco-friendly materials that have come from a process that doesn't contaminate the water with poisonous dyes or agents.
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