The Top 10 Global Cities for Green Buildings by Solidiance

This white paper ranks the performance of 10 global cities: Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo (not in particular order), with regards to green buildings performance. Each city was analyzed to assess green building policies and targets, adoption of green building certification and construction projects, and the efficient performance of the city's built environment.

Singapore, Singapore, July 12, 2016 --( Paris, Singapore, and London came up as the top 3 global cities for green buildings, according to a recent white paper published by Solidiance, a management consultancy firm focused on Asia. The white paper aims to assess and compare the performance of the top 10 global cities specifically with regards to green buildings.

The methodology used to assess the global cities for their green building performance are drawn across four categories, as follows:​

· City-wide Green Building Landscape
· Buildings Efficiency and Performance
· Green Building Policies and Targets
· Green City Culture and Environment​

Three of the above categories centers on the total number of green buildings, performance and initiatives, while one category focuses on the city’s green initiatives and performance. The research, assessment and evaluation undertaken for the white paper results in the following ranking of global cities, based on their green building performance:

1. Paris
2. Singapore
3. London
4. Sydney
5. Tokyo
6. Hong Kong
7. New York
8. Dubai
9. Beijing
10. Shanghai

Findings from the white paper revealed Paris and Singapore were the only cities that ranked within the top five in every category and took the top spot by excelling in all four assessments. These two cities showcase strong building efficiency and performance, which showed that both local and international certification standards continue to yield high-performance on green buildings.

Sydney, Paris and New York had taken the top 3 spots for the assessment of a green city’s culture and environment, with Singapore coming closely behind in 4th place. While every global city has adopted their own policies and regulations to combat climate change, some cities have performed better than others in certain areas. New York performed particularly well in renewable energy consumption, standing in first place. Sydney and Hong Kong have set higher than average for CO2 reduction targets amongst the 10 cities with high percentages for waste recycling.

Given that cities like Beijing, Dubai, and Shanghai have joined the green building movement not too long ago (in 2010), it is unsurprising that these cities lag behind on the waste recycling metric, and for Dubai on the renewable energy consumption. However, it is expected that the rankings should see changes in the future as these newer ‘green building cities’ are setting ambitious targets in order to catch up to other cities’ levels.​
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