Top 5 European Eco-Cities That Are Pushing For A Green Future
Cities are some of the top contributors to the current carbon emissions that are being produced being produced across the continent. This does not mean that a certain group of environmentally conscious cities aren’t committed to a sustainable future, many of which have been implementing rules, incentives, and laws to promote greener behavior from their citizens. Here are the top five cities in Europe that are making an effort to promote carbon efficient and sustainable principles.
The capital of the Netherlands has been working proactively to protect the environment for many decades. This can be seen through their celebrated cycle highways that encourage over 60% of the population to navigate the city on two wheels. Amsterdam’s commitment to the environment doesn’t stop there as this green city has recently pledged to ban all polluting vehicles by 2030. This ban will include all petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes, and as a result, will decrease the levels of dangerous toxins in the city in addition to reducing carbon emissions.
A very different city to Amsterdam, Malmö has only recently been developed into a sustainable city. Malmö, in the southern part of Sweden, has made a remarkable journey from functioning as a heavily industrial dockland to thriving an energy-efficient haven. Their first development, named bo01, was used to pilot innovative conservation methods including ‘green’ roofs and walls that are planted with vegetation to promote biodiversity. The city’s public transport also boasts financed carpooling systems and energy-efficient bus service.
Iceland is one of the most environmentally friendly countries on the planet, and its capital city may be small, but Reykjavik has the goal to be established as a carbon-neutral city by 2040. There are hundreds of eco-friendly buildings in Iceland’s capital, and they are heated with geothermal power efficiently and inexpensively. Renewable energy is a co-operative effort in Reykjavik and universities, government departments and private companies all contribute to renewable energy efforts.
The smog-drenched city once called ‘The Big Smoke’ has spent millions of pounds on eco-friendly infrastructure projects in the past three decades. The pioneering examples of green buildings in the city have made many people across the country look into UK companies near them that can provide the services to make their house greener. However, that’s only the tip of a far larger movement that’s been underway to make the city carbon-neutral within another twenty years. One inspiring innovation is in public transport, which is increasingly electric, efficient, and fume-free.
In 2010, Stockholm was very proud to become the first European Green Capital. This was assessed by a variety of criteria including impact, local transport, green areas, and air quality. This Swedish capital has ambitious plans for its future, such as implementing a city-wide heating stream that utilises waste heat generated by data centres, supermarkets, and stadiums. The city uses data from its services to plan how to reduce transport emissions and understand factors affecting the current transport system.
These five cities are trailblazing the route for Europe by proactively implementing innovative energy-saving facilities and making a conscious effort to reduce their carbon emissions.