Monday, September 26, 2016

Sustainable Cities Index

A new report, published last week by Arcadis, looks at an overall 'sustainability index' for the world's 100 leading cities ... Edinburgh features strongly, and I'll replicate some of the headline-text below, with some associated links:

Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index

"Cities are under pressure from all angles; some pressures are easily forecasted while others are more difficult to predict. Balancing the immediate needs of today without compromising the demands of tomorrow is at the heart of sustainability, and of this report. The 2016 Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index ranks 100 global cities on three dimensions, or pillars, of sustainability: People, Planet and Profit. These represent social, environmental and economic sustainability to offer an indicative picture of the health and wealth of cities for the present and the future.
Well-established European cities dominate the top of the overall ranking making up 16 of the top 20 positions. They are joined by the advanced Asian cities of Singapore (in second place), Seoul (7th) and Hong Kong (16th) as well as Australia’s capital, Canberra (18th). Cities around the world are living at extremes, not balancing these pillars of sustainability. While taking the lead in some areas, cities often sit lower in one area of sustainability. How can cities do more to ensure that as they develop and implement strategies and policies to address the considerable challenges they face - from environmental to socio-economic – they do so in a way that puts people first and at the forefront of their sustainability?"

Sustainable Cities Index 2016 ranks 100 of the world’s leading cities

sustainable cities index 2016 - overall index rankings - arcadisCities around the world are struggling to achieve a balance in the three pillars of sustainability

The 'Arcadis' published study Sustainable Cities Index 2016, compiled by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr), ranks 100 of the world’s leading cities. 

Zurich,Singapore and Stockholm are on the top of the overall Sustainable Cities Index.

Edinburgh features at 13th in the world.

- overall index rankings 2016 (Arcadis)

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