A new survey has ranked the most eco-friendly cities in the world suitable for teleworking and 5 out of 10 are in Europe. The survey was conducted by British Business Energy and evaluated various variables to classify the world’s cities. The results are not what one would expect.
Although Amsterdam has the reputation of being the most eco-friendly alternative, other cities such as Frankfurt are not known for their eco-friendliness. The criteria included the percentage of people walking or cycling to get around the city, the use of renewable energy sources, patents for eco-technology and the number of vegan or vegetarian restaurants in each city.
The 5 greenest cities in Europe for those who work from home
1. London, Great Britain
London came in first as the greenest city for workers. It had the fourth highest percentage of citizens walking or cycling to and from work (almost 30%). Recently, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, proposed an underground cycling network that would follow the existing metro network. The British capital also has its own “green” map, the Greenground Map for exploring all the green spaces of the city.
London also has 3,709 restaurants for vegans or vegetarians offering numerous options. It is almost double the number of its biggest competitor, New York. And in terms of innovation, over 10% of patents in the UK were related to environmental protection.
2. Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt comes second with a strong preoccupation with technology. About 11% of all recorded new inventions were ecological. In addition, 46% of the city’s energy comes from renewable sources with the goal of reaching 100% by 2050. More than 20% of the city’s surface is covered by trees.
The largest inland forest city in Germany, the Stadtwalt, is located in Frankfurt and almost half of the urban area consists of natural landscapes in various forms.
3. Oslo, Norway
Norway is paving the way for renewable energy. More than 97% of the energy produced in the country is renewable, a figure that is much higher than most European competitors. It is also literally the “greenest” city on the list, as 28% of the land is covered by trees.
Oslo is surrounded by the Marka Forest, a protected area where buildings are prohibited. Apart from the many inhabitants of the capital who use the green space for their rest, many species of animals live in this forest, such as wolves, bears and the lynx. In 2019, Oslo was named the Green Capital of Europe.
4, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
It is probably the most famous “green” city. Of course, it holds the forefront in the use of the bicycle to move workers. Almost 60% of the residents move on foot or by bicycle. The city also has 813 restaurants offering meat-free meal options.
5. Paris, France
With 1,429 vegetarian or vegan restaurants, Paris is the second best city in Europe for sustainable food choices. Only 24% of residents go to work on foot or by bicycle, but that looks set to change as Mayor Anne Hidalgo devises an ambitious plan to encourage citizens to use alternative modes of transport.
And of course, it was recently announced that the famous Champs-Élysées boulevard will soon be turned into a magnificent garden. Paris therefore chooses to close motorways to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians.
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