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7 Of The Greenest Cities In The World

Curious about where to find the greenest cities in the world? As the word gets out about climate change and the danger facing our planet, sustainable travel is on the rise.

People still want to see the world, but we want to do it in a way that doesn’t damage it. Not only that, it’s vital to support cities that are putting environmental schemes in place. Luxury Defined looked at cities across the world to see where they rank for eco-friendly factors…

Greenest Cities In The World

1. Oslo, Norway

What makes Oslo come out on top? Well, The European Commission awarded Oslo the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019. Oslo is also the “Electric Vehicle Capital of the World” and aims to become totally carbon neutral by 2050.


2. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is well known for its green-loving ethos. Not only does it have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions in North America, the city has ambitious plans to become zero waste by 2040.

3. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is a good model in terms of urban planning and design. It is also something of a transport pioneer, aiming to become the world’s most practicable city for cyclists. Copenhagen aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025 and involves its citizens in its plans to help the city become one of the most eco-friendly cities in Europe.

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

It’s no surprise that Amsterdam places a lot of focus on living healthily. This includes promoting sporting activities and cycling, investing in sustainable initiatives like Green Roofs and recharging stations for electric vehicles. More than 2,200 wind turbines generate around 5% of the Netherlands’ electricity.

5. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich was praised in the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index for its investment in efficient and renewable energy and its highly coordinated trams, trains, buses, and light rail systems which make public transport simple, quick, and affordable. It also has plenty of green public spaces and low levels of air pollution.

6. Essen, Germany

Once a coal and steel town, Essen is now one of the greenest cities in the world. Named as The European Green Capital of 2017, Essen’s eco credentials include overall energy performance, biodiversity, green urban areas, waste production and management.

Essen European Green Capital 2017

7. Sydney, Australia

Sydney aims to lower emissions and create more pedestrian zones and transportation routes. The Sustainable Sydney 2030 program aims to make the city more global, connected, and green over the next decade. It also has endless green spaces for residents to enjoy.

Things To Do In Sydney

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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