The study by British Business Energy examines cities across the globe to determine which offer the best and worst options for the eco-conscious worker.
London (UK), Frankfurt (Germany) and Cambridge (US) have been identified as the leading three eco-friendly cities in which to work, a new study reveals.
The research from British Business Energy (BBE) examines cities across the globe, analysing statistics across each country to determine which cities offer better workplace options for environmentally friendly employment.
The metrics included: the percentage of people walking or cycling to work; the level of tree coverage across the city; the percentage of technology patents that were environment-related across each country; and the number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants.
London takes the top spot, largely driven by the number of restaurants catering for vegans and vegetarians, as well as a high percentage of tech patents that are environment-related (10.7 per cent). Almost 30 per cent of the UK capital’s commuters walk or cycle.
Oslo in Norway is ranked fourth, leading the way when it comes to renewable energy with 97.2 per cent of all energy produced renewable compared to Singapore at only 1.6 per cent.
At the other end of the scale are the South African cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, with an average of only 2 per cent of their workforces walking or cycling to work, and 3.2 per cent of their overall energy being renewable. Similarly, in Tampa, Florida, only 2 per cent of the workforce cycle or walk to work.
The cities that have the most eco-conscious commuters are: Cambridge, where 67 per cent choose to walk or cycle to the office; Amsterdam, Netherlands – known for its biking culture – 58 per cent of their commuters are cyclists or walkers; and Frankfurt, with 33 per cent walking or cycling to work.
“Now more than ever it’s important to be conscious of our carbon footprints, and with many people on the same wavelength, it’s great to see London pioneering this movement for everyday workers”
According to BBE, going vegan has been an increasingly popular method of people doing their bit for the environment. The research explores where this is more achievable based on the number of restaurants offering vegan and vegetarian options for lunchtime snacks or an after-work dinner.
The top five vegan/vegetarian-friendly cities with the number of restaurants offering vegan/vegetarian options in brackets are: London, UK (3,709); New York, US (1,542); Paris, France (1,429); Amsterdam, Netherlands (813); Sydney, Australia (670).
“Now more than ever it’s important to be conscious of our carbon footprints, and with many people on the same wavelength, it’s great to see London pioneering this movement for everyday workers,” said Ian Wright, founder of BBE.
“It sets a bar for countries worldwide and what we can be doing more of to keep our planet clean.”
BBE aims to help small businesses reduce their energy costs and provides information on the UK energy market.
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