Tokyo named smartest city

7th May 2014

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Local government ,
  • Corporate governance


Kirsten McLaughlin

Tokyo, London and New York are the world's "smartest cities", according to academics examining the long-term sustainability of major cities

The IESE Business School in Spain has published the results of its “cities in motion” index. It ranks 135 of the world’s largest cities in terms of their approaches over the past three years to ensuring economic, environmental and social sustainability. The cities are assessed against 50 indicators across 10 topics, which include economy, environment, transport, urban planning and social cohesion.

Tokyo came top in 2011, 2012 and 2013, with particularly high scores for human capital, which focuses on the ability to attract and retain talent, and public management, which assesses how the city’s administration is being improved. London came second throughout, ranked highly because of its strong approach to developing and deploying new technologies and the position it holds on the international stage.

The Swiss cities of Zurich, Geneva and Basel scored highest overall in terms of the environment, which covers how cities are supporting greener buildings, low-carbon energy and greater water efficiency.

The report also reveals that “social cohesion”, which covers community development, effective health systems and care for the elderly, for example, is the aspect of sustainability that is being address by the fewest cities. Even for those ranked highest, such as Tokyo and London, it is seen as an area of weakness.

Transform articles

Regulator publishes new code to tackle 'greenwashing'

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.

22nd September 2021

Read more

Thames Water has been fined £4m after untreated sewage escaped from sewers below London into a park and a river.

30th July 2021

Read more

In June 2021, the UK’s governing Conservative Party lost a by-election in Chesham and Amersham, a seat it had held for 47 years. The principal reasons reported as the cause of this defeat were proposed planning reforms and the promotion of housebuilding on greenfield sites across the south of England.

30th July 2021

Read more

Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.

30th July 2021

Read more

The total cost of waste crime in England has increased by 53% in just three years, and now costs the country nearly £1bn annually, a recent study has uncovered.

23rd July 2021

Read more

The oil and gas industry is set to burn through its allocated carbon budget 13 years early unless decisive action is taken immediately, new analysis has found.

22nd July 2021

Read more

The sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be banned in the UK by 2040 under proposals unveiled in the government's transport decarbonisation plan yesterday.

15th July 2021

Read more

New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.

5th July 2021

Read more

The UK will no longer use unabated coal to generate electricity from October 2024, one year earlier than originally planned, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced.

2nd July 2021

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert