13 Feb '11, 1am

Singapore was placed 4th in a 'greenness' ranking of Asia-Pacific cities - just behind Tokyo, Seoul and Melbourne

SINGAPORE is among the top four in a new study ranking Asia-Pacific cities in terms of their 'greenness'. The first comprehensive study of this kind in the region, it names Tokyo, Seoul and Melbourne ahead of Singapore for their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and live in a sustainable manner. The other cities in the top 10 are Osaka, Sydney, Auckland, Busan, Taipei and Hong Kong. The study, conducted by consultancy firm Solidiance, looked at economic, environmental and social factors that contribute to how eco-friendly each city is. The criteria included carbon dioxide emissions, renewable energy use, waste output and management, public transport ridership and water management. The study highlighted that the urban population has been rising rapidly in the region in recent years, driven by economic growth. Coupled with the fact that urbanites account for up to 80 ...

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