Sustainability has become a prominent theme in the 21st century, especially in light of rising urbanisation, which is putting more pressure on infrastructure and quality of life. The report analyses sustainability across seven key areas: water, waste, energy, mobility, built environment, urban governance and the circular economy. It concludes by explaining why sustainability is vital for businesses, governments and consumers, and how these stakeholders can better achieve a greener future.
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Urbanisation is making cities more populous and denser, and this is expected to continue. Between 2022 and 2040, the world’s urban population is expected to increase by 29%, with growth largely occurring in emerging and developing markets. Cities will need to implement strategies that promote sustainable development, and urban planning schemes which mitigate environmental damage.
According to the World Bank, cities account for 70% of global CO2 emissions, due to traffic congestion, high energy consumption, waste production and economic activities. Implementing stricter regulations on fossil fuel use, while simultaneously promoting and subsidising low-emission fuels and renewable energy sources, can put cities on a path to net zero emissions.
Seven areas of urban sustainability have been identified: water, waste, energy, built environment, mobility, urban governance and the circular economy. Cities should seek to promote all seven themes of sustainability to enhance their path towards sustainability and achieving net zero emissions. However, emerging and developing cities face greater challenges, due to inadequate public finances.
Following a path to sustainability can bring economic benefits for businesses and governments, while simultaneously making cities more liveable and productive for their residents. With consumers becoming more climate-conscious, businesses need to ensure that their products and services align with the values and beliefs of city dwellers.
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