A survey recently published by the University of Westminster has shown that the UK has the most eco-cities in the whole of Europe. The survey shows that Asia has one third of the total number of cities across the globe, with China topping the list internationally.
Eco-cities look to encourage renewable energy use, promote public transport, reduce waste and improve water quality.Around 80 cities around the world have pledged to become eco-cities and have started on innovation programmes. This includes new cities to be built entirely from scratch, such as Masdar in the United Arab Emirates and also includes many ‘retro-fit’ developments.
Professor Simon Joss, lead researcher at the University of Westminster said: “Efforts to make cities environmentally and socially sustainable and innovate in urban development have, in recent decades, culminated in a new phenomenon, primarily aimed at meeting the dual challenge of climate change and rapid urbanisation.”
The top five nations are:
Country (Number of eco-cities)