According to a recent study from the energy comparison website Uswitch, Vancouver has more sustainable hotels than any other city in the world.
The research examined the eco-credentials of thousands of hotels on Booking.com in the world’s 200 major cities. Using the ‘sustainable’ filter on the vacation site, researchers identified how many eco-conscious hotels are available in each location and then compared this to the total number of hotels listed to get a percentage score.
There are 89 hotels in Vancouver, and roughly 44 percent of them have been recognized for their eco-friendly credentials. The five-star Fairmont Waterfront, a hotel known for its efforts to help the local ecosystem, is a standout in the Canadian city. The Fairmont Waterfront is home to 250,000 honeybees, recycles and compost wherever feasible, and encourages all event planners to adopt carbon-neutral options.
Stockholm is the second city on the list. It is well known for its eco-friendliness, with 87 of its 216 hotels being recognized for their environmental stewardship. The rest of the top five is dominated by Canadian cities, with Toronto ranking third with approximately 25% of all hotels recognized as sustainable. Calgary is fourth with over 23% eco-friendly options, and Edmonton is fifth with 22.56% of its hotels being sustainable.
Lahore in Pakistan rounds off the top ten, with the sixth position going to Lahore, and two Colombian cities, Medellin, and Bogota, taking seventh and eighth place, respectively. Ekurhuleni, South Africa, ranks ninth on the list, with 19.46 percent of its hotels following green-approved procedures, while Johannesburg rounds out the top ten.