In an interview with Andrew Mitchell, FCO Director for 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in London this week we discussed the Sustainability targets for the games. See the interview and what he said about the Carbon Neutral targets and other challenges.
In the same week a city ranking on air quality was released. The city ranking was released by a coalition of green NGOs  to highlight what has been done to improve air quality in western European cities. Berlin, Stockholm and Copenhagen are the leading cities in Europe for combating air pollution according to a ranking of 17 European cities, with Rome, Madrid and London all gaining F grades for their lack of effort to improve air quality. See the full press release from EEB
Berlin took top spot in the ranking for its efforts to improve air quality. The green groups praised Berlin’s broad strategy to tackle high emitters of dangerous pollutants and reduce car use in the city.
As a result, the groups say Berlin provided a good example of a long-term strategy to take people out of their cars and into public transport and other modes of transport such as cycling and walking.
Runners-up Copenhagen and Stockholm were praised for having the best economic incentives, such as congestion charges for vehicles entering the city centre and parking management to reduce the number of vehicles in the city.
Rome, Milan and Düsseldorf came bottom showing few efforts on any of the nine air quality measures used to rank the cities. The measures were selected based on their potential to reduce emissions of particulate matter and soot from traffic and non-road pollution sources.
London, hosts of next year’s Olympics, Madrid and Brussels also gained F grades.