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Espoo first city to benchmark its sustainability performance in European context by Telos

Mieke Lustenhouwer 10-05-2017

Espoo maintained its top position among EU cities in a sustainability benchmark study. The ecological score improved, but the score of the social and economic domains declined. The total sustainability score declined from 66.7% (achievement of the sustainability goal) in reporting year 2016 to 66.3% in 2017.

Espoo performs less than the benchmark group for Energy and climate, Resources and waste, Annoyance and emergencies, Competitiveness, Arts and culture and Health.

 

Indicators of highest interest for Espoo are those where it performed unfavorably in comparison with the benchmark cities and showed a lower performance in 2017 than in 2016, such as Employment Growth, Satisfaction with hospitals, and Perception of foreigners. This outcome is the result of a desk study and not yet assessed against the background of practical circumstances in Espoo.

 

Where Espoo strives to further improve and maintain its top position in sustainability, a list of indicators is presented which provides potential areas for policy action. The 14 benchmark cities may have interesting approaches on these sustainability areas that can inspire Espoo to take further actions. Also more detailed analysis of the socio-economic and environmental interactions within and between Finnish regions may help find key potencies for improvement. Examples in the Netherlands may assist in developing this field of research and policy making.

 

The city of Espoo and Telos-Tilburg University jointly carried out this monitoring study of the sustainability performance of Espoo in comparison with 14 other benchmark cities in Europe, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm. The study uses 87 indicators to measure environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. The study is an initiative of the mayor of Espoo, Jukka Mäkelä, after taking note of the presentation of the Telos study ‘Towards Sustainable EU Cities, A quantitative benchmark study of 114 European and 31 Dutch cities’, which was presented at the Smart & Clean Seminar on 23 May 2016 in Helsinki.