The ranking examined 23 cities in nine categories, including “emission reduction success”, “economic incentives” and “promotion of walking & cycling”.
With a 53% score, Luxembourg City earned an “F”, behind Lisbon (56%), the organisations said. “Lisbon and Luxembourg finish in the last bottom two places for tackling air pollution in only a half-hearted manner.”
“The population is constantly and rapidly growing which leads to an enormous increase in the number of building projects,” the report said of the Grand Duchy’s capital. “As there are more jobs than inhabitants in Luxembourg, the city has a major commuter problem. Accordingly, it has one of the highest percentages of car users in the European Union. The resulting problems contribute to Luxembourg being the lowest ranked city in this comparison.”
Busses, tram project are positives
However, “the city has a relatively modern bus fleet because of a programme which replaces 10 to 30 old buses every year”, with roughly 80% of its vehicles being considered environmentally friendly. The groups also credited the capital for advancing the tram system and “Red Bridge” train station currently under construction and for improvements to the Park & Ride network.
The other cities that earned an “F” grade were Dublin, Glasgow, Madrid and Rome.
Zurich topped the list (with an 89% score and B+ grade), followed by Copenhagen (87%, B), Vienna (84%, B) and Stockholm (80%, B-).