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Bristol crowned UK’s greenest city

Bristol has been crowned Britain’s greenest city by a new study, while Birmingham was ranked as the least environmentally-friendly of the 10 cities selected. 

The research, conducted by property buyer Good Move, ranked 10 major UK cities according to a checklist of sustainability factors, with Bristol taking the top spot due to its high recycling rates and relatively low gas consumption. 

The city, which became the UK’s first European Green Capital in 2015, has the highest recycling rates in the country, with residents recycling or composting 47 per cent of their household waste – six per cent more than anywhere else. Bristol is also the only city in the UK to consume less than 3,000 kw/h of gas per year. 

Edinburgh took second place for environmental credentials, in part due to its 49.2 hectares of publicly-available green space – more than any other UK city – and recycling rates of 41 per cent.

By contrast, Birmingham was found to have low recycling rates and higher carbon emissions statistics, with residents only recycling 22 per cent of their waste. 

Only Greater London had worse carbon emission and gas consumption figures, coming second to last in the list of eco-friendly cities. The capital performed poorly in most categories – producing 29,709 tonnes of carbon emissions and consuming 61,546 kw/h of gas, which was more than the other nine major cities in the list combined. 

Good Move director Ross Counsell said: “The world is finally waking up to the dangers of climate change and the impact that our lifestyles are having on the planet.

“Our research has highlighted which UK cities are particularly guilty of being unsustainable, while also praising those who are taking steps to address the issues. However, progress can only be made if the country works together as a whole, making informed changes on a national scale.”

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