How green is your local city?
Most of us like to do our bit to help the environment. From cycling to work to switching to biodegradable products, we’re becoming more conscious of our actions. But can we say the same for our cities?
Here at The Solar Centre we decided to find out.
We’ve looked at 59 cities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and ranked them against 10 key eco-friendly metrics like CO2 emissions, recycling, and the quality of green parks.
Durham was crowned the UK’s Greenest city, followed closely by Swansea and Newcastle upon Tyne.
Each metric uses the latest data available from trusted sources, and is standardised using min-max normalisation:
This results in a score between 0 and 10 for each data point and each city is ranked based on its average overall score.
The index uses both city and local authority data. For local authority-level data the score is applied to the city within it. For example, if Perth & Kinross council has a score 5.23 for CO2 Emissions, then Perth receives 5.23.
In order to make the data as reliable as possible, cities missing 2 or more data points (due to no data available) have been removed, leaving a final list of 59 cities from the total 69 cities in the UK. Where appropriate, data was also adjusted to take into consideration the population of each area.
UK local authority & regional CO2 emissions per capita 2017 (includes commercial, domestic and transport emissions).CO2 emissions - national statistics
Crowdsourced data of perceived pollution and air quality levels in each city.Numbeo pollution index
Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting:England local authority collected waste 2018 - 2019 Wales reuse recycling composting rates 2018 - 2019 Scotland household waste data 2018 Northern Ireland waste management statistics 2017 - 2018
Number of reports for fly-tipping incidents by local authority. Data has been adjusted for the population.Fly-tipping incidents - national statistics 2018/2019 Population - national statistics
Green Space and Parks
Crowdsourced data of the perceived quality of green space and parks in each city.Numbeo pollution index
Number of nature reserves within a 10-mile radius of the city centre.Wildlife Trusts - Nature Reserves
Electric Car Charging Points
Number of electric car charging points within a 5-mile radius of the city centre.Open charge map
Road congestion statistics July 2018 - June 2019Congestion on local roads