Siemens’ European Green City Index

Europe is often considered at the forefront of the environmental scene as the EU keeps working on energy efficiency, renewables, biodiversity and other related issues. However not all countries are equal and so are their capital cities.

Siemens published a study – the European Green City Index – which “measures and rates the environmental performance of 30 leading cities from 30 European countries, as well as their commitment to reducing their environmental impact.”

The study evaluates the 30 cities in eight categories: CO2 emissions, energy, buildings, transportation, water and air quality, waste and land use and finally environmental governance.

Unsurprisingly, Copenhagen is the greenest city, followed by Stockholm, Oslo and Vienna.

The French capital city is doing quite well, but as always with France, could do much better. To the report :

Paris ranks tenth overall in the index, scoring 73.21 out of 100, second only to Berlin within the group of large cities. Its environmental performance is particularly strong in the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, buildings, water and governance categories.

For more, please download the full report on the Siemens website.


Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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