This beloved UK city has been crowned the most sustainable in Europe

Thanks to low pollution levels and tonnes of vegan options

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton
Contributing writer
Edinburgh, Scotland
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From plant-based cuisine and urban farming to low emissions zones and electric charging points — Europe's city's have gradually been cottoning on to demand for planet-friendly living. Great news if you want to travel without hurting your carbon footprint!

But which metropolis is the greenest of them all? Why, our very own Edinburgh. That's according to new research by Discover (yes, we're aware of the irony). 

In the company's ranking of 20 European cities, Edi bagged 89 green points out of a possible score of 100. It claimed the top spot thanks to its wide offering of vegan food, 42 nearby nature spots, low pollution level and for having a ‘climate impact’ of 288kg of CO2 for an average round trip. 

Even though we have the likes of Brighton and Belfast, both of which have been praised for their eco credentials, the Scottish capital was actually the only UK city to make the cut. 

If you want to find out the other green European destinations, you can take a look at the full list here. We'll take the results with a pinch of salt though — especially since this sustainable study came up with a completely different ranking. 

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