Cities are important hubs for business, commerce, housing, leisure, and the exchange of knowledge, innovation and new ideas. While cities are drivers of economic growth, contributing more than 80% of global GDP, the future of our urban dwelling is fraught with considerable challenges.
As it stands, cities account for the vast majority of global energy consumption, generating more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, two out of three people will live in urban areas, adding another 2.5 billion people to the global pool of urban dwellers. Adding to the tally, traffic congestion, air pollution, frequent power outages, water scarcity, waste issues, habitat loss and degradation will become an increasing part of the multitude of environmental and energy-related obstacles facing our future cities.
In instilling global standards and pathways for urban green transition, State of Green’s new white paper demonstrates why holistic and strategic city planning and development within mobility and infrastructure, climate adaptation, as well as environmentally conscious architecture and construction must take centre stage in the transformed cities of tomorrow.
As the urban challenges line up and continue to increase in scale and severity, we insist on identifying and sharing inspirational solutions for city stakeholders all over the world in the search for effective means to fundamentally improve the cities we call home.
Download our white paper on urban green transition and get inspiration from world-leading Danish partners on how to transform cities for a new reality.