Seoul also scored well across the board in this study and actually ranked No. 1 in two components: Smart Environment and Smart Governance. While it ranked just behind Singapore on the Siemens Green Cities Index, Seoul got top billing in this study due to its impressive performance in the climate change arena. Seoul's CO2 emissions per capita were the lowest of the cities in the study. At 3.7 tons of CO2 emissions per capita, Seoul has one of the lowest emissions rates of any major city around the globe.
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With respect to governance, Seoul obtained a No. 1 ranking in the Rutgers e-governance study -- not only in Asia, but also as compared to all 100 capital cities studied around the globe. Seoul was one of only two cities in this study to be an early contributor to Barcelona's City Protocol Society, which seeks to co-create solutions for global cities.
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