26 June 2012

Africa: Tunis City Above Average in Environmental Performance

Tunis — Despite its inability to cut electricity consumption and carbon emission, the city of Tunis features on the green African cities' list, according to a study on the "Index of Green Cities in Africa," conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, an independent research body, and Siemens company, the first European high-technology group, and presented Tuesday during a conference held in Carthage.

Carried out in 2010 in 15 large cities from 11 African countries, the comparative study showed that Tunis, like the African cities of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg (South Africa) in the south and Casablanca in the North, is above the average, which reflects the country's environmental performance.

The Economist Intelligence Unit representative Paul Kielstra specified, during this meeting with the press held as part of a tour in the sustainable cities, that Tunis city is efficient in the fields of transport, waste (processing), sanitation and air quality compared with the 15 other African cities.

The city is rated as "averagely performing" in terms of maintenance of green spaces and "low performing" in matters of cutting electricity consumption.

Still compared with the surveyed African cities, the study points out that the Tunis city has the longest transport network, whose index is about 0.27 km/kmÂ', against an average of 0.07 km/km'. It generates small quantities of waste per inhabitants, i.e., 172.5 kg/year.

On this occasion, Siemens-Tunisia Managing Director Slim Kchouk announced that the group is planning to invest this year an amount worth 200 million euros in Africa and establish new partnership with the African companies, which will help create, according to him, 500 new green jobs in the African continent.

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