In a world where we need to reduce waste, embrace renewable resources and lighten our carbon footprint, which European tourist attraction is making the biggest commitment to sustainability?
The energy team from Uswitch analysed 27 of the world’s most-visited tourist attractions and ranked them based on eco-friendly credentials such as water reduction, emissions, sustainable travel, re-wilding efforts and renewable energy.
From best to worst, these are the European tourist attractions with the most commitment to sustainability:
- Natural History Museum - 44/60
- Eiffel Tower - 42.5
- Disneyland Paris - 42
- Efteling Theme Park - 39
- The Vatican - 37
- Tivoli Gardens - 36.5
- Alton Towers - 35.5
- LEGOLAND Windsor - 32
- National Gallery - 31.5
- Tower of London - 26.5
- British Museum - 25.5
- London Eye - 17
- La Sagrada Familia - 16
The Natural History Museum scored top marks for its eco-friendly credentials, having the highest consciousness when it comes to its impact on the environment. In 2019, the museum had successfully reduced its total greenhouse gas emissions by 5%, making its carbon footprint 10,139 tonnes.
The museum is equipped with a trigeneration energy centre that generates most of the energy used by the museum - which has saved more than 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide since installation.
In recent years, the iconic Eiffel Tower, which stands at 300 metres, has made a conscious effort to become more sustainable. The popular Parisian attraction ranked sixth on the World’s Most Eco-Friendly Tourist Attraction scale with a score of 42.5.
The renowned architectural icon has two turbines installed in the tower’s lower floor, which have the power to generate 10,000kWh of electricity per year. LED lights and a solar thermal array are installed within the tower to provide hot water.