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Experts at energy comparison site, Uswitch have discovered the best holiday destinations for a sustainable holiday.

Vancouver has more sustainable hotels on offer than any other city in the world, according to new research by the energy comparison website, Uswitch.  

The study analysed the eco-credentials of thousands of hotels in the world’s 200 largest cities on Booking.com. Using the holiday site’s ‘sustainable’ filter, researchers discovered how many eco-conscious hotels are available in each place and then compared this to the total number of hotels listed to create a percentage score.  

Vancouver has 89 hotels listed in total and nearly 44% of them have been recognised for their eco-credentials. A stand-out stay in the Canadian city is the five-star Fairmont Waterfront, a hotel famed for supporting its surrounding environment with its eco-efforts. The Fairmont Waterfront homes 250,000 honeybees, recycles and composts where possible, and encourages all event planners to use carbon-neutral alternatives.  

Stockholm is the second city on the list - a city often celebrated for being eco-friendly - with 87 of its 216 hotels being awarded for their sustainability. The rest of the top five is dominated by Canadian cities; Toronto is third with nearly 25% of all hotels being recognised as sustainable. Calgary is fourth with over 23% eco-friendly options, and Edmonton is fifth with 22.56% of its hotels being sustainable.

Making up the rest of the top 10 is Lahore in Pakistan, in sixth, two Colombian cities take seventh and eighth place - going to Medellin and Bogota respectively. Ninth and tenth on the list are two South African cities; Ekurhuleni is ninth as a result of 19.46% of its hotels having green-approved practices, and Johannesburg completes the top 10.  

Top 20 cities with the most sustainable stays 

Rank 

City 

Country 

# Hotels 

# Sustainable Hotels 

% Sustainable 

Vancouver 

Canada 

89 

39 

43.82 

Stockholm 

Sweden 

216 

87 

40.28 

Toronto 

Canada 

150 

37 

24.67 

Calgary 

Canada 

136 

32 

23.53 

Edmonton 

Canada 

133 

30 

22.56 

Lahore 

Pakistan 

150 

32 

21.33 

Medellin 

Colombia 

469 

94 

20.04 

Bogota 

Colombia 

750 

147 

19.60 

Ekurhuleni 

South Africa 

1115 

217 

19.46 

10 

Johannesburg 

South Africa 

687 

132 

19.21 

11 

La Paz 

Bolivia 

91 

17 

18.68 

12 

Amman 

Jordan 

218 

39 

17.89 

13 

Quito 

Ecuador 

323 

56 

17.34 

14 

Munich 

Germany 

410 

71 

17.32 

15 

Santiago 

Chile 

414 

70 

16.91 

16 

Chennai 

India 

477 

79 

16.56 

17 

Cape Town 

South Africa 

1757 

289 

16.45 

18 

Sharjah 

United Arab Emirates 

61 

10 

16.39 

19 

Marrakesh 

Morocco 

1710 

275 

16.08 

20 

Baku 

Azerbaijan 

492 

79 

16.06 

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