A study run by UK company, Uswitch, investigated a range of sustainability factors to determine the most sustainable city in the world. I’m not sure what makes Uswitch the company to do this (and therefore how credible the results are), but they used a number of factors in their consideration, including:
- transport infrastructure
- air quality
- carbon dioxide emissions
- the percentage of green space in the area.
And the number 1 city [insert drumroll here] is… Canberra (the capital city of Australia). Yep, my home city.
“[Australia’s] capital relies heavily on solar power and nearby wind farms, while also ensuring an incredible 94 per cent of its residents have internet access to make this one connected city,” the report said. “An incredible 86.6 per cent of Canberra’s transport infrastructure is green.”
Of course, when they say transport infrastructure, they are referring to public transport, not the general homeowner. They are probably ignoring the fact most residents get from A to B via private car, although the local government has incentivised green transport – if you buy an electric car you don’t need to pay registration for the next 3 years.
To be fair, in 2019 we were the first jurisdiction in Australia to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy (with a goal for net-zero carbon emissions by 2045), so there are a lot of pro-environmental sustainable actions being implemented.
What sustainable actions has your city put in place?