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Brabants Centrum voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling

Towards Sustainable EU Cities: Benchmarking European cities

Mieke Lustenhouwer 12-04-2016

With support of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (The Hague), Telos has carried out a quantitative sustainability benchmark study of 114 European and 31 Dutch cities. This study, which is prepared for the Dutch presidency of the EU 2016, has been presented today

Today, Prof Bastiaan Zoeteman handed over this Telos study to Nicolaas Beets, Dutch Urban Envoy at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom relations, during the Spring Conference of EUROCITIES in Enschede (The Netherlands).
The sustainability scores for 114 EU cities were found to vary widely, while variations for the Dutch cities studied were relatively small. Based on these findings, cities can identify their stronger and weaker points and subsequently analyze whether and how these can and should be improved through, for example, local or regional policy initiatives. Population size, demographic dynamics, geographical region, typology and competitiveness (e.g. “disposable income” and “labor productivity”) were found to be important determinants of urban sustainability performance. For example, cities with a population of 100,000-250,000 inhabitants excel in social and ecological capital, whereas cities who are considerably larger (1,000,000-2,000,000 inhabitants) outperform all other cities in their score on economic capital. Overall, northern European cities score highest on sustainability in the benchmark. Espoo, Copenhagen and Stockholm have the highest rating on sustainability, Apeldoorn is the highest scoring Dutch city included in the benchmark.
In order to make it possible for all the 140 cities included in this benchmark to compare themselves with other European cities, an interactive web tool has been developed. This tool can be visited at www.sustainablecitiesbenchmark.eu.

The complete report can be downloaded. The dutch version of the report can also be downloaded. See also www.AgendaStad.nl (Dutch) and www.UrbanAgenda.nl (English).