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What is Europe’s most sustainable city?

New research by international brand of professional cleaning wipes Chicopee has identified Vienna as the European city with the most sustainable practices.

The brand developed a Sustainable Cities index, ranking all the European capital cities on different factors such as the number of electric vehicle charging points, sustainable businesses, vegan restaurants, as well as the number of parks and nature attractions in the city. The research also looked at the recycling rate of local residents and production-based greenhouse gas emission levels.

Austria’s capital topped the rankings, ranking highest for the number of electric vehicle charging points, (with the city being home to 25% of all registered European EV points, and the lowest levels of greenhouse gas emissions). Vienna also featured in the top five cities with the highest rates of recycling, with 63% of Austrian residents actively recycling and composting.

London was named the second most sustainable city, ranking first for the number of parks and nature attractions, as well as the number of vegan restaurants. The city also came third for sustainable businesses, due to 3 of the top 100 most sustainable companies of 2020 headquartered in the capital.

The top ten most sustainable European cities, according to the Sustainable Cities index are: 

  1. Vienna
  2. London
  3. Paris
  4. Stockholm
  5. Madrid
  6. Berlin
  7. Amsterdam
  8. Prague
  9. Helsinki
  10. Rome

Eileen Calder, Product Manager Wipes, EMEIA at Chicopee said: “Now more than ever, consumers want to make choices that will enable them to live a more sustainable lifestyle, so we wanted to understand the European cities that best support both residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. The Cop26 conference which recently took place, highlights just how important it is that every business and individual introduces practices that help us transition towards a circular economy.”