EU city sustainability indicators published

Commission seeks municipal feedback to allow "first Europe-wide urban sustainability comparison"

The European Commission has released a set of standardised "urban sustainability indicators" enabling European cities to directly compare their progress towards sustainable development. One of several in a "sustainable cities" campaign being coordinated by the Commission's environment directorate, the initiative was first announced in February (ENDS Daily 14 February).

The indicators are "particularly innovative," according to EU environment commissioner Margot Wallström, because they enable for the first time a comparison of local sustainability across Europe. The Commission wants EU municipalities to adopt the indicators voluntarily and report their experiences in using them. The results will be used to "highlight achievements" and develop future EU policies, it says.

Ten measures of sustainability have been chosen, five "compulsory" and five optional. The compulsory indicators are: the level of citizen satisfaction with the local community, local contribution to climate change, local passenger transport distances and modes, availability of green areas and the quality of local air. Optional indicators include how children travel to school and the share of ecolabelled products sold in the area.

Follow Up:
European Commission, tel: +32 2 299 1111, and urban sustainability indicators.

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