Study on for Asia’s greenest city

Posted on June 29, 2010. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

– BERNAMA- SINGAPORE: Asia’s greenest city will be known by the end of this year when the Asian Green City Index is out.

Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) announced Tuesday that they were conducting an environmental performance study of 20 leading Asian cities from 11 countries.

The countries are China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

In a statement released in conjunction with the on-going World Cities Summit here, Siemens said the cities would be compared in the context of their environmental sustainability.

The cities will be assessed in eight environmental categories: energy supply and CO2 emissions, transportation, buildings and land use, water, sanitation, waste, air quality and green governance.

“With the Asian Green City Index, the Economist Intelligence Unit and Siemens are covering new ground. So far, no other study of this scope has been done for Asia,” said Stefan Denig, who is leading this project at Siemens.

The study will be part of the Green City Index series, which sets out to compare the environmental performance of cities in different regions of the world.

Following the success of the European Green City Index, a study comparing the environmental performance of 30 major cities from 30 European countries, Siemens is now sponsoring similar studies for Asia, Africa and Latin America.

“The results of the study will help cities to better understand and tackle their specific environmental challenges,” said Lothar Herrmann, chief executive officer, Asean Cluster, Siemens.

It would enable city stakeholders to make more informed decisions about how to reduce their environmental impact by for example, making their power supplies, traffic systems and buildings more energy-efficient and eco-friendly, he added.

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