Siemens' Green Cities Index

Siemens & Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

The Green City Index methodology was developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in cooperation with Siemens. Cities were selected for their size and importance (mainly capital cities and large population or business centres). They were picked independently, rather than relying on requests from city governments to be included or excluded, in order to enhance each Index’s credibility and comparability. The Green City Index series measures cities on approximately 30 indicators across eight to nine categories depending on the region. It covers CO2 emissions, energy, buildings, land use, transport, water and sanitation, waste management, air quality and environmental governance.

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UBS's Prices and Earnings 2012

UBS, 2012

Every three years, UBS CIO WM Research publishes an extensive study on prices and earnings, which is updated in the years between editions. Since 1970 the UBS publication has compared purchasing power in various cities around the globe, and contains interesting analyses and evaluations of changes in exchange rates and inflation. The latest edition of Prices and Earnings covers 72 cities in 58 countries

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PWC's Cities of Opportunity 2012

PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2012 

Cities of Opportunity is a continually evolving project created for cities, their leaders, businesses, and citizens seeking to improve their economies and quality of life. This year, our foundational study includes 27 cities, which we select using three fundamental criteria: cities exemplify capital market centers, represent a broad geographic sampling, and comprise both mature and emerging economies. The cities are measured across 10 indicators constructed with a robust sampling of 60 variables, each of which has been chosen because it is: relevant; consistent across the sample; publicly available and collectible; current; free of skewing from local nuances; and truly reflective of a city’s quality or power.

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MERCER's Quality of Living Survey 2012

Mercer, 2012

Mercer conducts this survey annually to help multinational companies and other organizations compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. Mercer’s Quality of Living reports provide valuable information and hardship premium recommendations for many cities throughout the world. Mercer’s Quality of Living index list covers 221 cities, ranked against New York as the base city.

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C&W European Cities Monitor 2010

Cushman & Wakefield, 2010

Since 1990 the Cushman & Wakefield's European Cities Monitor survey has provided an overview of the perceptions that corporates have about cities across Europe and their relative attractiveness, and how perceptions have changed over that time.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit 's Global Liveability 2011

Economist Intelligence Unit, 2012

The concept of liveability is simple: it assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses. The survey originated as a means of testing whether Human Resource Departments needed to assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages. While this function is still a central potential use of the survey, it has also evolved as a broad means of benchmarking cities. This means that liveability is increasingly used by city councils, organisations or corporate entities looking to test their locations against others to see general areas where liveability can differ.

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GaWC-ranked world cities

Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network

The world according to GaWC is a city-centred world of flows in contrast to the more familiar state-centred world of boundaries. Cities are assessed in terms of their advanced producer services using the interlocking network model. Indirect measures of flows are derived to compute a city's network connectivity – this measures a city's integration into the world city network. The connectivity measures are used to classify cities into levels of world city network integration. 

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 Go to Classification of cities 2010: intensive and extensive globalization website
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MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index

MasterCard, 2012

The 2012 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, is the second annual report that analyzes both visitor traffic and cross-border travel spend in 132 cities around the globe. Authored by Dr. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Global Economic Advisor for MasterCard Worldwide, the report ranks the world’s leading destination cities and demonstrates the interconnectivity among those cities.

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Global Power City Index

Institute for Urban Strategies The Mori Memorial Foundation

Under severe global competition among cities, the Global Power City Index evaluates and ranks the "Comprehensive Power" of the major cities in the world with a very unique method developed by the Institute for Urban Strategies at The Mori Memorial Foundation. There is an assumption that the integration of variety of powers that attract creative people and companies from all over the world is the "Comprehensive Power of a city." 

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European City Ranking Best practices for clean air

European Environmental Bureau, 2012

The European City Ranking is part of the Soot-free for the Climate campaign. Its goal is to demonstrate that many local solutions to improve air quality exist and to find out how cities use these solutions, if at all. The ranking mainly focuses on efforts made to reduce particulate matter (PM10) and soot, or black carbon.

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Monocle's Most Livable Cities Index

Monocle Magazine, 2012

Every year Monocle Magazine calculates the best cities in the world to live in. The editors of the lifestyle magazine seek to recognize the world's best cities, ranking them based on economic and social factors in addition to hipper things like "24 hour metabolism" where cities were given extra points for not shutting down at 10 PM. Other factors involved in Monocle's ranking system included whether the cities had well-tended bars, the amount of green space in cities, how the city used architectural planning and urban ambition.

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