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Each week, cities are growing by 1.5 million inhabitants. By 2050, more than two thirds of the global population will be city dwellers, up from just one third in 1950. As cities grow, the way we build and manage urban infrastructure has never been more critical to global economic and social development.
Los Angeles is a leader in clean energy, efficiency and climate resilience. Working with Los Angeles, Siemens published the City Performance Tool Report highlighting technologies that will result in more than 1.8 million jobs being created by 2050. To remain the US leader in clean energy, Los Angeles will need to transition to 100% generation of renewable electricity and 45 % passenger travel by transit and active transport.
Making cities fit for the future
With growing urbanization, often critical financial conditions and the challenges of climate change, cities carry a crucial part of development as a whole. What then does intelligent infrastructure mean for buildings, mobility solutions and energy management?
Key trend: urbanization
Infrastructure has a profound effect on quality of life, but one that we only really appreciate when things do not work as well as they should. Anybody who has experienced power blackouts or stuck in traffic jams knows that things could, and should, be better.
Urbanization complicates matters further. Each week, cities are growing by 1.5 million inhabitants, and by 2050 more than two thirds of the global population will be city dwellers, up from just one third in 1950. As cities grow, the way we build and manage urban infrastructure has never been more critical to global economic and social development.
Digitalization is changing our world. Today the number of connected devices has surpassed the number of humans on the planet. These intelligent devices generate massive amounts of data transforming life and business across all sectors. However, much infrastructure has yet to be transformed by the information age. Instead, in most places, trains, power systems, buildings, buses, and roads have hardly changed in nature. Some digital systems have been incorporated but we have only just begun to unlock the potential of fully digitized, electrified, information-enabled, intelligent infrastructure. Doing so will be key to meeting the world’s present and future sustainable development challenges. Siemens is a trusted partner offering solutions across all infrastructure domains making cities more efficient, sustainable and resilient. We help you meet the challenges that cities of the future face: maintaining, modernizing and upgrading an ageing urban infrastructure.
With more than half of the global population living in cities, there is no doubt that we live in an urbanized world and the global challenges of the 21st century are in urban areas.