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The Greenest Cities in Europe – Part 2

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As you know, last week we’ve published the first part on our top regarding the greenest cities in Europe.

This has come after MIT published a top seven greenest cities in the world based only on the density of urban trees. We did not quite agree with them so we have decided to come up with our own list of cities.

In terms of the newest developments and strategies, a green city means so much more nowadays. It should and must involve a sustainable environment, the use of renewable energies, solutions on traffic congestion and CO2 emissions, roof gardens, and the list can go on.

If last week we have told you about why Oslo, Helsinki, London and Reykjavik are some of the greenest cities in Europe, now is the moment when you will find out the top three on our list.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden
The Swedish city was the first to be awarded European Green Capital in 2010, due to its dedication to green living and clean environment. One-third of Stockholm is green space, with a total of twelve large parks. Furthermore, the inhabitants benefit from full government support to set up green space on their land.

The capital city of Sweden also has a plan to make the city fossil fuel free by 2050, which is why they are very focused on waste recycling. They plan on transforming the waste into biogas.

In terms of transportation, the Scandinavian city is known for its efforts on cutting down greenhouse gas emissions by 25% since 1990. There is a bike system connecting the city and a number of fuel cell bus services which offer clean transportation.

STOCKHOLM
source: https://www.scandichotels.com/stockholm

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

Amsterdam is well-known for its affinity for cycling, which has been an integral part of the city for many decades. This is the most usual and effective way of transportation. The urban planning and infrastructure of the Dutch capital mainly include networks of canals and narrow streets, which is why the bike is the best way for people to get from one point to another. Some even say that the city has more bicycles than the population itself.

There are also electric cars on the streets of the city, with more than 300 charging stations. These networks of canals, bicycle and pedestrian paths, the narrow streets, and the electric cars make an almost zero gas emission city.

Amsterdam has also started a project focused on converting itself into a Smart City, with the principal goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and to save energy. The Netherlands is also well known for their affinity for wind farms, a custom which goes way back.

Also important for a green Amsterdam is citizen engagement. The vast majority of residents produce energy from solar panels and small-scale wind turbines, while most of the households have a smart meter system to help them decrease usage and save energy. Furthermore, Amsterdam also has a project which encourages citizens to make their own roof gardens.

AMSTERDAM source: Google


COPENHAGEN, Denmark
One of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, with fifty percent of the inhabitants being fonder of their bicycles than the cars, the Danish capital is landing the last spot on our top 7. But, in many ways, we saved the best to last!

The best way to explore the city is by cycling or walking. Which is why the administration offers free bike-share schemes, miles of cycling routes across Copenhagen and more than 100 bike hiring centers cover all the city. The result for all this is a low level of gas emissions, making the city very environmentally-friendly.

Moreover, electric powered and solar-powered boat services are scattered all around Copenhagen. The Danish capital is also one of the cities evolving towards a carbon-neutral city by 2025. An ambitious target, but why not set the bar high and put in place strategies to reach it.

Recycling and composting are two things for which the Danes are known. The processes reduce energy consumption and pollution. The Danish city is also focused on renewable energies, such as offshore wind turbines and energy-efficient buildings. In addition, the city also aims to build more biogas facilities in the coming years, introducing more renewable energy plants will help Copenhagen to stay away from the usage of fossil fuels.
Copenhagen is a beautiful, green city. Feel free to visit it anytime and don’t worry, more than 71% of hotel rooms across the city are certified as being eco-friendly.

COPENHAGEN
source: Google