Yet again a record in terms of sustainability for Germany and this time it deserves more than a mention. According to a recent study conducted by the British company Arcadis, which complied a real index of the most sustainable cities in the world, Frankfurt got first place, followed by London and Copenhagen.
If the most sustainable city in the world is Frankfurt, the least sustainable cities of this ranking are Nairobi, Wuhan, New Delhi, Manila, Jakarta and Mumbai.
They survey results were published recently in the Sustainable Cities Index, which took into account the livability of 50 world capitals on the basis of 20 sustainability indicators relating to five key areas: economy, business, risk factors, infrastructure and finance. The results were then further divided into three sub-indexes: population, planet and profit. Through the compilation of data for each parameter depending on the location of each city in terms of global sustainability we got the rankings.
The less sustainable cities are especially the ones in Asia, over whom hang the consequences of a period of rapid and disordered population and economy growth. Very good, however, was the 4th place going to Amsterdam, which impressed scholars for the best development of eco-proven growth in all areas indexed.
But back to the reign over the ranking of Frankfurt. The German city engaged for years in the promotion of multiple initiatives in favor of sustainability, improved public transport, increased presence of bike paths to full availability to the local population and the reduction of the environmental impact by its citizens. 52% of the urban areas are covered by public green (parks, greenhouses, vegetable gardens and flower beds) and used for the promotion of free access to recreational activities.
Frankfurt, among other things, is a founding member of the Climate Alliance of European Cities, the organization committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030. Not surprisingly, since 1990 Frankfurt has already reduced its emissions by 15%, increasing its economic power by 50%, and that’s not all – by 2050, 100% of the energy will come from renewable sources in Frankfurt.
Despite starting as a big favorite, London had to ‘do’ with second place, overtaken by Frankfurt due to the age-old problem of traffic, deteriorating air quality and chronic shortage of affordable housing. The pride of the British capital is the excellence achieved in the school system financing, along with New York, making them the most connected cities globally.