IN A REPORT by consultants Arcadis, London has been named the world’s second most sustainable city.
Beaten only by Frankfurt, the UK Capital was among a number of European cities hailed for achievements including social, economic and environmental sustainability.
The Sustainable Cities Index assesses 50 urban areas from 31 countries across the world, by the Center for Economics and Business Research (Cebr).
The research ranks the cities across a range of indicators to estimate the sustainability of each, from data provided from sources such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization and many others.
Well established cities were among the highest ranking but were warned they could ‘not rely on historic investment’.
John Batten, Global Cities Director at ARCADIS comments: “Our world is changing at a faster pace than ever before. Developing technology, population growth and the emergence of a truly global economy mean that the notion of national borders is becoming less relevant. Instead, we see the concept of the ‘global city’ taking hold. “The Sustainable Cities Index highlights the areas of opportunity for cities, to inform decision-making and hopefully make them more sustainable economically, environmentally and for the welfare of their inhabitants.”