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Vienna is one of the most sustainable cities worldwide

by Elena Schöber

Sustainable City in the heart of Europe

A sustainable lifestyle is important to us. Arcardis, a Dutch planning and consulting office, together with the London Centre for Economics and Business Research have conducted the so-called “Sustainable Cities Index 2016”. The Index rates cities in three categories regarding their sustainability. Our beautiful Vienna ranked 4th, a great placing right behind Zurich, Singapore and Stockholm.

List of 8 most sustainable cities in 2016
The exact rating of the most sustainable cities in 2016

Top 10 sustainable cities wortdwide

The Sustainable Cities Index 2016 evaluated 100 cities worldwide. The Top 10 cities are mostly European cities as well as Singapore and Seoul. American cities are ranked in the mid-range, the taillights are Asian and African cities with four Indian cities in the last 10 places. According to the director of the study, those cities have little chances to rank higher due to the consequences that follow climate change, rapid urbanisation and lack of capital.

The Top 10 cities are:

1. Zurich               6. Frankfurt
2. Singapore         7. Seoul
3. Stockholm        8. Hamburg
4. Vienna              9. Prague
5. London             10. Munich

Infographic on the index for the ranking of the world's most livable cities
The index evaluates the various characteristics of all cities

How does the index work?

The Index is conducted in three categories: “People”, “Planet” and “Profit”. The category People inspects health, education, income equality, work-life balance, crime and housing and living costs – these indicators can be broadly thought of as capturing “quality of life”. The second category Planet inspects the “green factors” of a city, such as the use of renewable energy, energy consumption, green space within the city, greenhouse gas emissions, drinking water and many more. The category Profit ranks cities according to their infrastructure, tourism, GDP per capita, the city’s importance in global economic networks and employment rates.

Why Vienna was rates as one of the most sustainale cities worldwide in 2016

On closer examination of the subindizes it becomes clear that no city ranks the same in every category. Vienna ranks especially good in the categories People and Planet. Vienna is one of the cities with the largest green areas worldwide, almost half of the city are green areas. These offer the inhabitants a wide range of leisure activities and relaxation options. Furthermore, Vienna offers a very high living standard that most of the inhabitants can afford to live by.

Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2016 infographic
Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2016

Environmental and climate protection is a fixed component of the city’s politics, the reduction of CO2 emissions improves every year.

In the subindex Profit Vienna “only” ranks 14th but lots of European cities rank worse in this category. According to the authors these results can be traced back to the euro crisis which also explains the high rankings of the financial metropolises Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Dubai and Zurich.

No one is perfect!

The index shows that no city is perfect. Every city has their own challenges to deal with in one or the other category. Vienna can be very satisfied with its placing and doesn’t have to change much in the future to maintain one of the most sustainable cities worldwide. We are happy that with our green hotel we are able to contribute to the city’s sustainability.

Sustainable Hotel in a Sustainable City

Sustainability has always been a very important issue for the guests, employees and partners of Boutiquehotel Stadthalle. That’s why it was a no-brainer for us to be a first adopter of eco-friendly business strategies in the hotel industry. In accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we already implement concrete steps. And when we talk about our green heart, we aren't just referring to our environmental consciousness – we also mean it literally. Did we manage to make you curious? Check out our webpage, you'll be surprised how versatile the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle is.

Starting in the summer of 2020, there are various excellent reasons to pay a visit to Boutiquehotel Stadthalle. So why not book your room now for your next stay in Vienna? Of course, you can also send us your non-binding request. We'll contact you as soon as possible!

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