International travel-booking company Tourlane has compiled a top-50 list of the world’s most environmentally-friendly gateway cities, placing Nairobi top in Africa. The Kenyan capital was also ranked 14th globally, ahead of Cape Town and Morroco’s Marrakech.
The study ranked cities based on used eight criteria giving each city a score out of 10 in each one for a total score out of 80.
The criteria include Public transport, Percentage of green space in a city, Train accessibility, Level of car ownership, Ratio of locals to tourists, Renewable energy, Recycling and Clean air based on World Air Quality Index.
Nairobi’s high scores came in the categories of low car ownership, the use of renewable energy, and its low ratio of tourists to locals. The ranking says it is an excellent place to start a road trip.
The city’s total score which was 36.5 out of 80 includes zero scores in the categories of train accessibility and public transport- based on the length of the metro network and light rail network of the city.
The ranking by Tourlane places Nairobi above global cities like New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Toronto, Amsterdam and a host others in aggregate eco-friendliness.
Overall, Berlin ranked as the best city for an eco-friendly getaway. Second and third places went to Vienna and Munich respectively.