The Australian capital offers 48 per cent of its energy in sustainable ways and scored among the lowest on pollution rates in the global ranking by Uswitch.
Australian capital city Canberra has topped a new study of the world’s most sustainable cities.
The study, conducted by UK price comparison site Uswitch, calculated an index score based on seven sustainability factors which were: energy; transportation infrastructure; affordability; pollution; air quality; CO2 emissions; and percentage of green space available.
Canberra was found to have excellent public transport service; it offers 48 per cent of its energy in sustainable ways, while scoring one of the lowest scores (13.89) on the pollution index.
Spanish capital city Madrid occupied second position, scoring highly for energy (77 per cent) and transport (82 per cent), with Queensland capital Brisbane completing the top three – scoring low on pollution rates (22 per cent) and high for transport infrastructure (75 per cent).
The study noted Australian cities in general perform well, with ‘excellent’ solar power bidding farewell to energy options of the past. In addition, Australia is often regarded as a leader in sustainable development as it recognises the role it plays in the wellbeing of its people and nation.
“Many cities around the world are committing to environmental change and making it easier for their residents to make greener choices in their lives”
Rounding out the top 10 most sustainable cities are: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE); Copenhagen, Denmark; Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Zurich, Switzerland.
Cities including Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich and Vienna are among the leading cities for percentage of green space available.
On the flip side, Jeddah fared worst for sustainability. The Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea is heavily reliant on fuel and gas, and fossil fuel exports play a major role in the country’s economy.
New Delhi, the capital of India, was ranked second worst, where its huge human population and heavily built up, urban areas make green spaces a premium – up to 50 per cent of the population live in slums without access to proper water supplies or waste management. Research also shows that the number of vehicles in the city has increased by over 97 per cent in the last decade which has caused heavy air pollution and congestion in the city.
Jordan’s capital city Amman was third worst as a result of its heavy urbanisation and reliance on fossil fuels.
“Many cities around the world are committing to environmental change and making it easier for their residents to make greener choices in their lives,” said Will Owen, energy expert at Uswitch.com.
“Our study has highlighted which cities are leading the way with sustainability, and which need to do more to improve their environmental impact.”
For the full ranking, go to The world’s most sustainable cities.
You might also like: