- 17 October 2018
The 5 greenest cities in the world
54 percent of the world’s population lives in cities. In 2050, this percentage will increase to 66 percent. If this development continues, the next generations will all be able to call themselves city-dwellers. This way, the importance of greenery in cities becomes more and more important. Greenery is important to feel good and healthy. These cities are very consciously working on greenery and sustainability. These are the 5 greenest cities in the world.
Reykjavík wants to be completely free of fossil fuels by 2050. And they are definitely going to achieve this goal. At the moment, just 0.01 percent of all the electricity in Iceland is generated from fossil fuels. Iceland is lucky to be rich in natural energy resources. All of the buildings in Reykjavík obtain energy from geothermal heat. This makes it the first city that runs almost entirely on green energy.
Curitiba has a population of two million people and the city is still growing. That is why the city council is working hard to improve the quality of life. They are paying a lot of attention to green spaces such as parks and gardens. In addition, more than 1.5 million trees have been planted these past years. The city council also encourages the separation of waste. Citizens who hand in their waste receive vegetables or public transport tickets in return.
Sustainability has been an important topic in Freiburg since 1970. The city managed to reduce waste processing by 90.000 tons in 12 years. In addition to this, Freiburg is completely car-free. They are aiming to reduce CO2 emission by 50 percent by 2030.
Copenhagen takes it even further than Freiburg. The Danish capital wants to be completely CO2-neutral by 2025. One of the sources of energy is a wind farm off the coast of Copenhagen. Only 25 percent of the inhabitants own a car. Most of the Danes use the free bikes that the city offers to its inhabitants.
Oslo wants to be car-free by 2020 in order to reduce its CO2 emission further. 80 percent of the city’s heating is already powered by sustainable energy. Oslo wants to increase this number to 100 percent. The city uses waste to generate renewable energy. A sustainable future is within reach for Oslo.