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Hamburg among world's most sustainable cities

Hamburg ranks 17th ahead of Berlin in "Sustainable Cities Index 2018"

Hamburg ranks 17th on the Sustainable Cities Index 2018 compiled by Arcadis, a global planning and consulting firm. Good networking and effective CO2 reduction measures won over the experts. Arcadis had compared the urban plans of 100 cities to achieve sustainable growth and their success. Last year, Hamburg ranked 20th on the index.

Hamburg seventh in the sub index “planet”

Hamburg performed particularly well in the “planet” category, which includes sub-items such as energy consumption, CO2 reduction and the promotion of clean mobility. A compliance rate of 74 per cent was achieved. The Hanseatic League had won over experts with good waste and water management as well as promoting renewable energies. Hamburg scored above average in terms of measures to reduce greenhouse gases and achieve clean, unpolluted air.

More focus on strengths

“Hamburg is facing up to its strong growth with a great deal of commitment and future orientation,” said Dr. Kathi Wimmer, City Executive at Arcadis in Europe Central. “The beauty of the cityscape, lots of green and water not only attract more and more tourists, but also make the metropolis attractive for its citizens. This makes it all the more important to keep an eye on the everyday well-being of residents and e.g. to take measures for a well-equipped, affordable public transport system.”

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