In the 2015 ranking, Copenhagen is 3rd overall, performing very well on all the three categories of Planet, People and Profit.
In the Planet category Copenhagen ranks 3rd. The Planet category looks at city energy consumption and renewable energy share, recycling rates, greenhouse gas emissions, natural catastrophe risk, drinking water, sanitation and air pollution.
In the People category, Copenhagen ranks 5th. This category rates transport infrastructure, health, education, income equality, work-life balance, the dependency ratio and green spaces within cities. These indicators can be broadly thought of as capturing “quality of life” for the population, where Copenhagen usually does well.
In the Profit category Copenhagen ranks 11th. This examines performance from a business perspective, combining measures of transport infrastructure (rail, air, other public transport and commuting time), ease of doing business, the city’s importance in global economic networks, property and living costs, GDP per capita and energy efficiency.
About the Sustainable Cities Index
The research was conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research and examines 50 cities from 31 countries ranking them across a range of indicators to estimate the sustainability of each city. The cities included within this report were selected to provide an overview of the planet’s cities, providing not only wide-ranging geographical coverage, but also a variety of levels of economic development, expectations of future growth and an assortment of sustainability challenges. A detailed, evidence-based metric is derived to quantify each city’s performance. Read more about the Sustainable Cities Index by Arcadis.