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However, in light of looming global crisis, more and more cities are demonstrating that we can, in fact, coexist with nature in harmony without even having to make any tremendous sacrifices. Pixabay

Sustainability is usually defined as a fine balance between a city’s economy, quality of life, and how those two factors affect the environment. We’re already seeing the consequences of leaving the environment out of the equation – the quality of life actually plummets, as no amount of money and commodities could possibly make up for the kind of air pollution that equals smoking 21 cigarettes per day, which is Beijing’s status quo. Sustainable.

However, in light of looming global crisis, more and more cities are demonstrating that we can, in fact, coexist with nature in harmony without even having to make any tremendous sacrifices to our lifestyles. Actually, not only we can, but we have to, for the sake of our future.

In that spirit, besides objective reviews of Just Energy, Texas Electricity Ratings brings you a look on some of the most sustainable cities whose blueprints will hopefully be followed by other towns in the future.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Most Sustainable City in Europe

Sustainability is usually defined as a fine balance between a city’s economy, quality of life, and how those two factors affect the environment. Pixabay

Copenhagen has firmly established itself as “Europe’s Green Capital,” and it continuously pushes the envelope on all sustainability fronts.

What instantly stands out is its ambitious agenda to become the first carbon-neutral city by 2025. The plan to this involves a heavy reliance on bicycles, which already surpassed cars in numbers, with less than a third of the households owning a car. In fact, many hotels even have bicycles in stock for guests.

Furthermore, by the end of this year, all public transport buses will run with electric engines. Green roofs have been becoming the norm in infrastructure, while rigid quality assurance tests keep the tap water clean.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Cycling Wonderland

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Bicycles are clearly a common theme in sustainability, and Amsterdam is a world-known symbol of cycling culture. Even beyond cycling, transport is becoming increasingly green as electric vehicles are starting to overtake regular ones.

Sustainability efforts continue in the residents’ homes, with solar panels becoming more and more common on the roofs over their heads.

Amsterdam also encourages organic farming, with many farmers’ markets popping up constantly across the city.

Overall, while the first thing that may spring to many people’s mind when thinking about the Dutch capital is its lenient drug policies, this beautiful town is so much more than a party place.

We’re already seeing the consequences of leaving the environment out of the equation – the quality of life actually plummets. Pixabay

Stockholm, Sweden: Putting Waste to Good Use

A testament to Stockholm’s sustainability is its innovative approach to harnessing waste, whether it comes in the form of waste heat or sewage waste. The Swedish capital employs biofuel conversion plants to turn sewage waste into biofuel for vehicles, whereas the waste heat, coming from stadiums, data centers, and shops, should be channeled into the heating of its residents, if all goes according to plan.

On top of that, the city plans to be fossil fuel-free by 2040.

Vancouver, Canada: Lowest Greenhouse Gas Emissions in North America

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What’s admirable about Vancouver is that it didn’t always used to be a sustainable city, but realizing its environmental footprint and the urgent need to reduce it, it made a sharp turn and now serves as a prime example of well-needed change.

It’s currently the major city with the lowest carbon emissions in North America, encouraging cycling to work and/or the use of electric vehicles, promoting local, healthy food through farmers’ markets, and implementing innovative waste management projects.

Singapore: Greenest City in Asia

Singapore is famous for being the greenest city in Asia, and soon, that title might become shorter – “Greenest City. Period.”

Singapore has become the object of many people’s wanderlust, particularly because of the spectacular way modern architecture is interlaced with nature, while technological innovations help maintain a fine balance between the two worlds.

Singapore feels like a hopeful glimpse into the future.

San Francisco, California: Ban of Plastic Water Bottles and Bags

Besides being named the Greenest City in North America for 2011, San Francisco has another undisputable milestone in its sustainability resume – the ban of plastic bags and water bottles.

Furthermore, being the technological and start-up hub that it is, San Francisco undertakes innovative approaches to waste management, having moved 80% of its waste disposal away from landfills and planning to make this number absolute by next year.

Portland, Oregon: Growing Population, Lowering Carbon Emissions

Despite of its ever-growing population, Portland demonstrated that with the right plans and frame of mind, sustainability doesn’t have to be restricted by a city’s size.

25% of the workforce in Portland commutes by bike, public transport, or carpool, and bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation for nearly 10% of the city’s residents.

Also, besides one-third of Portland’s energy consumption coming from renewable sources, it has also banned plastic bags.

Those, as well as other cities around the world, lead by example and prove that sustainability isn’t some unattainable utopia, but a matter of joint efforts, thoughtful policies, and care about the future generations.



As the economy continues to recover from the prolonged pandemic.

By Rohit Vaid
The Centre might bestow infrastructure as well as industry status to new sectors to boost several pandemic hit industries in the upcoming Union Budget. Industry insiders said that several sectors and sub-industries such as hospitality, automobile retail, specific diganotics facilities and companies engaged in installation of EV charging stations amongst others might get the status.
The infra tag will enable these sectors to avail tax breaks, incentives and credit on lower interest rates. "Sectors which are in greenfield or which would need capex augmentation to help them overcome the pandemic can be looked from the lens of an infrastructure sector," said Jagannarayan Padmanabhan, Director and Practice Leader, Transport & Logistics, Crisil Infrastructure Advisory. "Also many of the already identified sectors need a sustained policy push which will help them get visibility both in terms of quantum and the time period of applicability."

Till now, activities associated with laying of power and telecom transmission and distribution lines, roads, highways, railways and construction of facilities such as hospitals, affordable housing, power generation units, water treatment plants, SEZs and certain type of hotels amongst others were given such status.

Besides, these sectors are a part of harmonised master list for infrastructure sub-sectors. However, in April 2021, exhibition-cum-convention centre was included in the list. "Given the focus around electric vehicle, and need for significant investment in charging stations, if the government adds the sector in infrastructure list, the benefits arising out of it will be significant," said Vishal Kotecha, Director, India Ratings and Research. "Infra tag on sectors increases ability to raise funds, access to dedicated funds and lenders, foreign capital, lower interest rates among others."

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