Newcastle Conquers All
Newcastle has been crowned the UK’s greenest city, beating off competition from Brighton, Bristol and even London. The annual survey undertaken by Forum for the Future named Newcastle at the top of its Greenest UK Cities list for a second year in a row.
The city’s willingness to accept green technology has seen it rapidly become a vibrant eco hub benefitting greatly from the blossoming green economy.
Brighton has embraced future-proofing in solar technology and has a high quality of life but because of this also has a high environmental impact. Bristol was deemed the best city in terms of quality of life but is falling far behind on environmental performance and future-proofing.
The city of London scores best on its future-proofing, with strong plans to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, and the greatest number of business start-ups per person.
The increased threat of climate change, ageing populations, water shortages, energy blackouts and other key challenges pose serious problems for Britain’s cities. In a time of austerity it is essential that cities invest sensibly in long-term success but not at the expense of the surrounding environment.
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Newcastle might be showing the rest of the UK the way in terms of how to develop a sustainable future, but even this green gem has a long way to go to match its best European counterparts such as Copenhagen or Stockholm.