City Attacks Report Critics after Failing 'Green' Test; Liverpool in Last Place in UK League Table

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Byline: BY LIZA WILLIAMS Daily Post Staff

LIVERPOOL is the least sustainable large city in Britain, according to a report compiled to find out how green the country's urban centres are.

The Sustainable Cities Index, published by the Forum for the Future charity, ranks Britain's 20 biggest cities according to social, economic and environmental performance - and overall Liverpool came in 20th place.

The charity used a total of 13 indicators from data that already exist about areas in which cities are expected to improve.

The indicators included air pollution and river water quality for environmental impact, healthy life expectancy at 65 and unemployment for quality of life and a local authority's recycling and commitments on climate change to measure "future proofing", or its sustainability.

According to the study, Liverpool was let down because of its poor employment, education and healthy life expectancy ratings.

The 2008 European City of Culture also measured poorly in all aspects of future proofing.

Overall, the survey showed that wealthier cities, which may be expected to have more resources to devote to sustainability issues, performed best. Brighton and Hove topped the overall table, despite finishing in 15th place for its environmental impact.

Second place overall went to Edinburgh, and Bristol was third.

Hull and Birminghamwere in 18th and 19th place, above Liverpool, while Manchester was placed 12th. …