Below we list some of the most environmentally friendly places in the world.
A beautiful place to live with a small population of just over 126,000, Reykjavik in Iceland is one of the most eco-friendly places to live. By 2040, Reykjavik has plans to completely get rid of their production of greenhouse gas emissions by promoting walking and cycling and the use of public transport. They have invested millions into creating cycle paths and have introduced hydrogen buses.
Helsinki is a tourism hub, which has led to an increase in environmentally friendly accommodation. About 75% of hotel rooms in Helsinki have been certified as eco-friendly and they all have an eco plan in place to help the environment such as reducing food and water waste and lowering their energy consumption. Helsinki focuses on sustainability, so they have created solar and wind energy systems.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is always looking at new and innovative technologies to create a more sustainable location. They started using wind farms for energy in 2008. To promote a outdoor lifestyle to its residents they have invested in safe cycle routes and they introduced a My Citi rapid service, which allows bikes on buses for free to help people get around without using a car. This has helped reduce the pollution and amount of cars on the road.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco immense knowledge on waste management, means that San Fran currently diverts over 80% of its waste away from landfills and has plans to increase it 100%. Local authorities are looking at banning harmful materials such as plastic bags and water bottles in order to reduce their carbon footprint.
In Portland 25% of the workers in the city commute by bike, carpool or public transport, which is a huge amount and has been showing great benefits to the environment as the number of damaging vehicles on the roads has been reduced.
When it comes to waste in the city, Portland produces 2,434,840 tonnes and recovers 1,235,924 tonnes of it, which is very impressive for such a big city. Portland uses 33% of renewable energy to power the city, which is much higher than the national average at 13%.
After World War I, residents became extremely self-sufficient and valued their green spaces much more. They learnt to grow their own foods, which helped cut the amount of vehicles needed to transport it all into the city.
Berlin has installed more than 400 electric vehicle charging points and has encourage residents to consider using these types of vehicles.
The major city aims to remove the use of fossil-fuels by 2040 and is doing so by implementing new policies that encourage a greener. Bio-fuel is a popular thing in Stockholm and is generated from sewage waste, powering vehicles around the city.
Stockholm has the ability to reuse wasted heat from its 30,000-seat stadium too. Recovered heat may be able to help warm over 1,000 flats more efficiently using sustainable methods.
A lot of Amsterdam residents and even tourists opt for cycling instead of driving to get around the city. To combat the number of emissions by cars, Amsterdam has around 300 electric vehicle charging points dotted around the city.
In Amsterdam more homeowners are beginning to install solar panels on roofs and grow their own foods, or alternatively, purchase from local farmers’ markets, which in turn, puts money back into the local economy.
The capital is set to become the first CO2-neutral city by 2025 too. Here the majority of people cycle everywhere with only 29% of households owing a car. The city has introduced an abundance of cycle lanes, meaning you can get almost anywhere by using them. The popularity of cycling has increased even further, as most hotels across the city now provide guests with bicycles!
Organic eating is a new trend in the city too, 24% of the total food sale in the city is organic produce. They have a scheme where you can return your empty bottles and cans to machines found around the city in order to get money back. This has helped reduce litter but also helped the city recycle these materials.