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As world leaders gather in Paris for the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP) climate talks, so too are their municipal counterparts. With over half of the world’s population living in urban areas, cities play a huge role as leaders in the fight against climate change and global warming. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects over 80 of the world’s major cities and is focused on collaboration and sharing best practices to help tackle climate change and encourage action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While there is no official list of the world’s greenest cities, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in cooperation with German engineering firm, Siemens, has put together a Green City Index which measures the environmental performance of cities around the world. The Index examines approximately 30 indicators including CO2 emissions, air quality, water consumption, waste and sanitation, land use, green spaces and buildings.

Here’s a look at photos we found on Instagram of some of the top performing cities listed in the study!

San Francisco, California

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Vancouver, British Columbia

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Oslo, Norway

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New York City

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Copenhagen, Denmark

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Curitiba, Brazil

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Berlin, Germany

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