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Top 10 cities for pursuing a ‘green’ career

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London takes the top spot for a career in sustainability
A new study by hybrid hospitality brand The Social Hub has analysed over 40 cities in Europe revealed the cities that offer the top opportunities for those looking for a career in sustainability. The study looked at factors such as pollution levels, tonnes of waste generated per year, the quality of parks and green spaces, and the cost of public transport to find out where is best to lead a green lifestyle.

London takes the top spot for a career in sustainability

London takes the top spot for number of jobs in sustainability currently available with over 10,000 postings, as well as just under 3,000 jobs looking for people with green skills. These employers are looking for skills relating to recycling, sustainability, and energy conservation. Although the average salary in London is relatively high at €3,461 a month, it’s important to consider the high living costs.

Paris ranks second place with 12,015 jobs (the highest out of all cities), and 677 jobs looking for people with green skills, followed by Lyon with 10,554 jobs in sustainability.

Stockholm and Bruges rank as the best cities for leading a green lifestyle

Stockholm topped the list of best European city for a green lifestyle. With 4,045 jobs in sustainability currently advertised, the second-highest air quality of all cities analysed (84.3 out of 100), and a sustainable development score of 85. However, the average cost of public transport is among the highest at €88 per month.

Bruges closely followed Stockholm in second place, boasting the most affordable public transport of all cities at €20 per month, as well as the highest score for parks and green spaces (90 points out of 100).

In third place, Copenhagen has the fourth-lowest amount of waste generated (233,805 tonnes on average, per year), but is known to be one of the most expensive cities to live in in Europe. The monthly cost for public transport is among the highest at €73 per month.

London didn’t make the top 10 of best cities to live a green lifestyle.

Amber Westerborg, Director of Sustainability & Impact at The Social Hub says: “Adopting a more sustainable lifestyle is a journey that many want to accelerate. By looking at what cities are providing their citizens, from green parks and spaces to affordable public transportation, you can see a more holistic view starting to develop of how systemic change is needed for a more sustainable future.

The boom in jobs in sustainability is encouraging to see, as people look for companies that are serious about this transition – something we must do by 2030 to stay within the 1.5 degrees laid out in the Paris Agreement.”


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