SINGAPORE — A new whitepaper issued in June by growth strategy consulting firm Solidiance, based in Singapore, has rated the top 10 highest “green” performing cities from around the world. Out of the top 10 rankings for green building performance, Paris ranked number one. Here is the complete list:
6. Hong Kong
7. New York
The winning cities selected for the whitepaper were adopted from The Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) approach, which is a leading academic think-tank based in the United Kingdom that classifies and researches global cities.
The results took into account four assessment categories: City-wide green building landscape, green building efficiency and performance, green building policies and targets, and green city culture and environment.
“Both Paris and Singapore have strong building efficiency and performance, which shows that both local and international certification standards are yielding high-performance on green buildings,” according to the whitepaper.
While overall Paris landed the top spot with all four assessment categories taken into account, “Singapore and London are the cities which have the highest green building activity, and Costa Rica, France, Singapore and the United Kingdom are the countries that witness high demand for green building materials,” according to a statement in the report by Michael Scarpf, head of sustainable construction at Lafarge Holcim, Switzerland.
Though this whitepaper focused on the top 10 green performing cities based on certain criteria, many other cities around the world are also committed to green building and sustainable practices.
“Green buildings are rapidly increasing — doubling every three years worldwide as a response to accelerating demand for sustainability. Green buildings have proven to not only minimize the impact of humankind on the environment but also to improve social and economic conditions,” according to the whitepaper.