22 April 2016
Espoo, Finland found most sustainable in EU-wide benchmarking study
A recently completed study by the Dutch sustainability research center Telos, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (The Hague), found Northern European cities ranked highest in terms of sustainability, with Espoo, Finland rising to the top of the pack.
The study assessed a total of 145 European cities according to a broad definition of sustainability which included economic and social aspects alongside the ecological, totaling in 86 indicators. Telos believes the findings are a useful tool for EU cities aiming to improve their own sustainability. The report provides a clear indication of the factors determining sustainability while a supplementary web tool offers a simple method for cities to compare their own status with those of other European cities.
This analysis and the associated comparison tool support European cities in their efforts to achieve the ambitious climate reduction targets set out in the Paris accords.