Copenhagen is the smartest city in Europe
07 February 2014
Society and living
Copenhagen has once again been named the smartest city in Europe by the American magazine Fast Company and the climate strategist Boyd Cohen. When it comes to innovation in infrastructure, technology and entrepreneurship, Copenhagen is taking the lead over cities such as Amsterdam, Paris and Stockholm.
Copenhagen has been ranked the smartest city in Europe for the second year in a row. According to the American magazine Fast Company and the climate strategist Boyd Cohen, who has developed a set of ideal indicators to be used for benchmarking and ranking smart cities, Copenhagen has established a reputation as the world’s greenest city.
Copenhagen has one of the lowest carbon footprints per capita in the world (less than two tons per capita). Furthermore the city has the most ambitious carbon reduction plan of any major city in the world. It is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.
In order to achieve such an ambitious goal, the city has established hardcore targets including energy efficiency and renewable objectives, green building standards (all new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2020), and increased transit access to name but a few.
Last but not least, Copenhagen has impressive cycling rates - approximately 40% of all commutes are conducted by bike. The city also recently collaborated with MIT in developing a smart bike equipped with sensors to provide real-time info to not only the rider but also to administrators for open data aggregation on issues such as air pollution and traffic congestion.
Read more about the 10 smartest cities and see the full ranking list here