Rankings are still out, but Economist Intelligence Unit is set to release a ranking at the end of 2010. Asian cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, and many more will be ranked based on the Asian Green Index. The Index is comprised of eight categories; energy supply, CO2 emissions, transportation, water, sanitation, and green governance. After complition of the rankings cities will be able to focus on areas of specific environmental needs and learn tips from other cities.
In 2007 Grist.org published a ranking of the 15 greenest cities in the world; the only Asian city to make the list is Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok’s government has in recent years begun an ambitious plan to reduce the capital city’s carbon emissions by 15% in five years. It is pursuing major improvements in energy efficiency, financing, and climate change adaptation to do so.
The Economist Intelligence Unit is teaming up with Siemens to soon develop an Asian Green City Index, which will shortly be able to provide a more scientifically proven answer than the one I gave above. (See second citation below)
Solidiance publishes the first Asia Pacific Top 10 Green Cities ranking, after analyzing all key cities the region.
Tokyo is the greenest major city in Asia-Pacific region, followed by Seoul, Melbourne, Singapore and Osaka.
This is the conclusion arrived at by the study of the social, economic and environmental factors contributing to the environmental sustainability in each major city.
The study evaluates the ten cities in categories such as: CO2 emissions; energy; transportation; air quality; water; waste and green space; and environmental governance.
“A ranking of Asia Pacific green cities has never been done, and this was a response to our clients’ requests for comparative Greentech market opportunities in the region. The analysis will be useful for businesses to understand which cities are more progressive in green development.
It is heartening to see that developed Asia Pacific cities have placed an emphasis on ensuring that their city’s ecosystem is sustainable. Developing cities can look towards the top ranked green cities for best practices to leapfrog the learning curve in cultivating a green urban ecosystem” says Damien Duhamel, the Managing Partner of Solidiance.
Solidiance’s study shows a correlation between green urban environments and innovative ecosystems.
Japan shows it can still innovate, and the export of green technology know-how to other cities could be the next wave that revitalizes the lagging economy.
The Singapore government has the ability to effectively implement green urban policies, and is likely to climb up the rankings over the next 2-3 years. Singapore is forced to take a pro-active approach, due to its lack of natural resources.
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