When it comes to travelling to environmentally friendly countries, there are a few good places to go in Europe. As a continent, it is the most eco-friendly in the world and some European countries are setting the standards for the rest of the world to follow.
Amsterdam in the Netherlands is famous for its waterways, however, it’s also earning a reputation as one of the greenest cities in Europe. For a long time Amsterdam has been one of the cycling capitals of the world and the city encourages lots of cycling with plenty of cycle lanes and easy bike access to attractions. Amsterdam is also home to the flagship Droog store, a design enterprise with a sustainable perspective on products.
The Danish capital Copenhagen is a green haven. The city is home to numerous green spaces and is a world leader in environmentally friendly initiatives, including offering financial rewards for recycling. The local inhabitants certainly seem on-board with the city’s green ethos, with over a third of them cycling to work every day. Tourists are also encouraged to join in with the green philosophy; there are plenty of shops with green brands and for transport, visitors can hire one of the city’s electric cars.
The environment is high on the agenda in Peterborough. In 1992 it was named as one of the UK’s four environmental cities and it is now bidding to become the UK’s green capital. It was the first city in the UK to sign a new high level eco policy commitment and has a cycle route running throughout the city as well as a comprehensive waste reduction plan. Peterborough also has a household recycling centre that is free to use, which also offers tours to help people understand what happens to their recycling.
Reykjavik in Iceland offers the ultimate green experience for tourists. There are green restaurants offering locally produced and organically sourced foods, green hotels and there is green transportation. Thanks to the abundance of geothermal energy, the city gets one hundred per cent of its energy from renewable sources and runs entirely on green electricity.
The Swedish city of Malmo has sets itself a ten-year plan to become completely sustainable. The plan is not just focused on renewable energy; is also aims to have a sustainable economy and a sustainable society. The city hopes to achieve this admirable aim by taking a collective approach, with households encouraged to become greener. The city itself is making the transition by moving to one hundred per cent renewable energy, as well as using its natural resources sustainably. There will also be improvements to its public transport services which will reduce the use of cars.