The Swiss city beat off strong competition to take first place in the 2016 Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index, announced on Monday, which ranked 100 major cities on 32 indicators across three aspects of sustainability: people, planet and profit.
Zurich scored 74.6 per cent in the rankings, driven by a strong performance on environmental and economic performance. It was closely followed by Singapore, Stockholm, Vienna and London, which all scored above 73 per cent.
“Many cities do well in two of the people, planet and profit ratings, but very few do well in all three, indicating the challenge that cities have in balancing all three needs effectively to ensure long-term sustainability,” found the survey.
US cities tended to score lower in the rankings against their European counterparts due to their higher per capita carbon emissions and lower amount of green spaces.