It has become pretty much common knowledge that we could all do a little more for the environment. Whether it’s being more conscious when recycling or simply cycling to work rather than jumping in the car, everyone can help in the fight for our environment.
However, when it comes to being green, there are some cities that go the extra mile. Through a mixture of city planning, government intervention and individual hard work, these destinations are seen as the greenest cities in the world.
When the term ‘green city’ comes to mind, you may not see a city colloquially known as the ‘Big Smoke’ as being a worthy contender for such a title. Yet, London is striving to shed its industrial shell and is on its way to becoming one of the greenest major cities in Europe.
The capital is covered by around 23% of green space, with more natural areas than other major cities such as Liverpool and Manchester and, according to British Gas Records, London uses the least amount of gas in the country. With this in mind, London is truly showing what a huge city can do to improve the environment.
Across the Atlantic, our colder cousins in Canada are also making changes to become a beacon of green initiatives.
Currently, this coastal city gets 93% of its electrical energy requirements from hydroelectric sources, making it the cleanest city in Canada, and is striving to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 through a myriad of eco-friendly initiatives.
Winner of the EU’s very first Green Capital Award, Stockholm has been enacting eco-friendly policies since the 1970s, with the government pushing for an increase in green spaces and aiming to become free of fossil fuels by 2050.
These days, the city is covered by around a third of green space and has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% since 1990.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Of course, a city famed for its bicycles had to be on the list of green cities. With its narrow streets and relative flatness, Amsterdam is a perfect place for pedestrians and cyclists, with there now being more bikes than people in the city. However, their love of riding isn’t the only reason they rank so highly. The city is extremely electric car friendly, with around 300 charging points dotted along its narrow streets, and a significant number of households are fitted with solar panels.
Much like Amsterdam, Copenhagen is built for cycling, making it an already green city. However, it is its push for a carbon neutral future by 2025 and its intrinsic focus on green policies that puts this Danish metropolis on the green map.
Help keep your city green with Doncaster Skip Hire
When it comes to green living, everyone can do their bit for the environment. At Doncaster Skip Hire, we understand the importance of promoting green living, which is why we offer comprehensive recycling services to ensure your waste is put to the best possible use.
For more information on our range of waste removal services, visit our website or contact our team on 01302 246 410.