Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World

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Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World
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Exposing the secrets of the cleanest cities in the world can inspire others to follow their lead.

 

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World

 

 

Humanity is suffocating the planet with pollution. Global warming is out of control. We should urgently take heed of the methods utilized by these cities, in our own cities.

Here is for your attention the compilation of 10 Cleanest Cities in the World:

 

1. Stockholm, Sweden

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Stockholm, Sweden
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm has a great track record keeping green and clean. In 2010 it was the first city awarded the title “European Green Capital“.

Secret #1

Stockholm is extremely conscientious about slashing carbon emissions. Since the 90s it has managed to reduce carbon emissions by 25%.

Secret #2

The city is working hard to be fossil fuel free by the year 2050. They aim to increase accessibility to public transport and encourage cycling.

Secret #3

Stockholm actively works to reduce waste, and boost biodiversity.

 

 

2. Wellington, New Zealand

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Wellington, New Zealand
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is a stunningly picturesque and green city. It is one of the more largely populated cities in New Zealand, but that population is tiny compared to most world cities.

Secret #1

Wellington is working to remove barriers to green technologies used in home building. These include easy accessibility to solar hot water heating and small-scale wind turbines.

Secret #2

The city is working on initiatives to increase the use of public transport. All around the city are walkways and cycling routes. This gives the public alternative options to driving their cars.

Secret #3

Wellington is heavily pushing forward with many waste management projects. This is enabling the city to dramatically reduce it’s CO2 emissions.

 

 

 

 

3. Canberra, Australia

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Canberra, Australia
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Canberra, Australia

Canberra is a tiny city that was purpose built as the Australia’s capital. Right from its birth a century ago, its design has lent to it being a green clean city.

Secret #1

Canberra legislated greenhouse gas reduction targets back in 2012. It aims to reduce emissions by 40% by 2020, and have no net emissions by 2060.

Secret #2

The city set up an ambitious strategy in 1996 to be waste-free by 2010. While they did not achieve this they are still a world leader in reducing landfill. They also recycle 75% of their waste.

Secret #3

The annual Floriade festival also doubles as a green living promotional event. It is smoke-free, utilizes green energy, sustainable paper, green catering and water conservation.

 

4. Ottawa, Canada

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Ottawa, Canada
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa is a small and picturesque capital that maintains a small population. It has been conscious of incorporating sustainability for many decades.

Secret #1

The greenbelt around the city of Ottawa prevents urban sprawl and promotes conservation. French architect, Jacques Gréber designed the 326 square km greenbelt in the 50s.

Secret #2

Ottawa encourages the use of public transport and promotes a cycle sharing scheme as another alternative to driving.

Secret #3

The city holds a spring “Capital Cleanup Weekend” on which residents volunteer to collect litter or remove graffiti.

 

5. Edinburgh Scotland

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Edinburgh Scotland
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Edinburgh Scotland

This historic city once had a bad reputation for chronic sewage problems. Maybe the humiliating title of “Auld Reekie” encouraged Edinburgh to change its ways. It is now one of the cleanest cities in the world.

Secret #1

Motivated by their designation as a UNESCO World Heritages site, this city has the obligation to be clean. Reducing emissions is on the top of the agenda.

Secret #2

The national Zero Waste Scotland initiative to reverse climate change aims to make the city carbon-neutral by the end of 2050.

Secret #3

Conservation programs are active within 63% of Edinburgh’s green areas.

 

6. Montevideo, Uruguay

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Montevideo, Uruguay
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo is a laid back vacation destination that attracts many tourists. It also has been holding a “Green Standards Week” since 2010 that discusses initiatives to improve the city.

Secret #1

Montevideo utilizes information and communication technologies to unlock the potential for sustainable urbanization. The aim is to avoid high emission infrastructure and increase accessibility to sustainable goods and services.

Secret #2

Poverty is a problem in this large city, which verges on overpopulation. With overpopulation comes increased emissions. Montevideo is moving to introduce cleaner public transport.

Secret #3

The Green Energy Policy aims to enable not only Montevideo but the entire country, to get its national power from the wind. They want to transfer to at least 38% of their power to wind energy this year.

 

 

7. Tallin, Estonia

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Tallin, Estonia
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Tallin, Estonia

This city looks like it came straight out of a fairytale. It contains many green spaces and sits on the coast.

Secret #1

The medieval design contributes to low emissions in the city – there is simply no room for cars. They also provide free public transport.

Secret #2

Government departments and key tourism and hotel associations incorporate the Green Key initiative. The Green Key is a voluntary eco-label that hotels and establishments strive to achieve.

 

 

 

8. Helsinki, Finland

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Helsinki, Finland
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Helsinki, Finland

Monocle magazine listed Helsinki as the most livable city in the world, in 2011. This historic city also boasts being one of the cleanest.

Secret #1

Helsinki strives to reduce emissions by being a cycling city – it has of 3,800 km of cycle paths. It also endeavors to create an on-demand public transport system.

Secret #2

The city produces all of its own electricity. Within the single co-generation plant, they not only produce electricity but heating and cooling for the district. By not individually heating and cooling each city building, the system proves 5x more efficient.

 

 

9. Monaco

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Monaco
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Monaco

This wealthy city probably has its exclusivity to thank for its ability to keep green and clean.

Secret #1

A small population and lack of industry mean that Monaco has extremely low concentrations of particle matter in the air.

Secret #2

The city has extremely inexpensive public transport. It also promotes cycling for the public, rather than using cars.

Secret #3

Monaco uses 64 Seawater Heat Pumps. This renewable energy source produces 17% of the city’s energy consumption.

 

 

 

10. Madrid, Spain

Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World - Madrid, Spain
Secrets of the 10 Cleanest Cities in the World – Madrid, Spain

This lively and colorful city works hard to not lose it’s vibrancy, by undertaking many green initiatives.

Secret #1

Tourists who visit this destination have accused the city of having a “puritanical” attitude to sanitation. The city is constantly monitoring its waste.

Secret #2

Madrid is giving a major push to the public to utilize public transportation more. However, with it’s mostly pedestrianized streets, emissions remain low.

 

 

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