Hong Kong has long been known for its world-class infrastructure of it embracing the needs of its inhabitants by providing good connectivity in a densely populated area. With a first-class transport system it has enabled its residents to flow through the city; linking workers, industries, businesses and ultimately providing a strong foundation for economic and sustainable growth. Yet, Hong Kong cannot rest on its laurels and should look to adopt SMART and clean mobility solutions in order to retain its global leadership in sustainable mobility. As the urban landscape continues to thrive, continuous bold moves and fast-tracking the integration of technology into existing networks is required to cement its place as the top city for urban mobility.
In this latest edition of the Sustainable Cities research, we examine 100 cities across 23 evaluation indicators to give an indicative ranking of each city’s mobility and how sustainable its system is in terms of the 3 pillars of sustainability, PEOPLE (social), PLANET (environmental) and PROFIT (economy).
Hong Kong ranks #1 in the Mobility Index, with an overall score of 65%. The city also tops the People sub-index with a score of 81%, boosted by its innovative and well-connected metro network and a high share of trips taken by public transport. It takes 6th place in the Profit sub-index and the low ranking in the Planet sub-index highlights environmental sustainability is still a key area of growth.
Hong Kong tops the People pillar because of its sophisticated transport system which has enabled its residents to flow through the city; linking workers, industries, businesses and ultimately providing a strong foundation for economic and sustainable growth. The results indicate that the city’s strong People performance stems from the early incorporation of digital capabilities in its transport system.
Hong Kong ranked 6th in the Profit pillar with a high score of 100% for economic opportunity, demonstrating high levels of sustainability. The existing public transport system is also very affordable, enabling cost-effective mobility for its inhabitants and creating good access throughout the city to connect workers, businesses and tourism.
Compared to its overall ranking, Hong Kong scored low on the Planet sub-index at 53. Factors ranging from high levels of vehicle emissions and busy ports, to the lack of bicycle infrastructure and initiatives to lower transport emissions have all contributed to the low ranking. This result indicates that Hong Kong’s environmental focus on clean mobility could become the subject that tops the city’s future agenda.
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