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A critique of the European Green City Index
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences. Norwegian University of Science & Technology. (Miljö och Energi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6293-8657
2014 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 57, no 3, 317-328 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2009, Siemens (Germany) sponsored the research by the Economist Intelligence Unit (London), which resulted in the publication of the European Green City Index report, in which the environmental performance of 30 large cities in Europe was analysed. It provided city administrations with an idea of where they stood vis-a-vis their European counterparts. However, while adopting such performance evaluation methodologies, it is important to set targets and goals, and to be aware of pitfalls that may exist in the course of a blind pursuit of a higher Green Score. City administrations are usually segmented into different divisions and departments; often each division strives towards its own set of targets and goals, without being aware (or without being concerned, even if it is aware) of the overlaps, conflicts and synergies that may exist with the targets and goals of the others. The Green City Index needs to be considered together with an Urban Socio-Economic Index, which can be suitably structured with the inter-linkages with the indicators of the Green City Index explicitly described.

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2014. Vol. 57, no 3, 317-328 p.
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Green City Index, qualitative indicators, quantitative indicators, Urban Socio-Economic Index, Urban water-systems, Sustainability indicators, Criteria
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Environmental Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45574DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2012.741520ISI: 000329604600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-45574DiVA: diva2:956799
Available from: 2016-08-31 Created: 2016-08-31 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved

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