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A worldwide challenge

Every second, the world's cities grow by two people. How can they reduce their environmental impact despite population growth?

In the years to come, urban communities will face explosive growth, not only in population but also in geographical size and economic output. With cities already generating around 80% of the global gross domestic product, it becomes obvious that they will be the backbone for economic growth and prosperity in the future. Our goal is to help cities evolve, and to offer them strategies and tools to ensure that they will become social, cultural and economic hubs.

Technology Pathways: Los Angeles

City Performance Tool

Adaptiveness becomes paramount

All over the world, cities are shaped by profound forces: their population, their technologies and their infrastructures. Even today, these forces collide and urbanization and climate change will spur dramatic changes in metropolitan areas. Cities need to pave the way for constant evolution: digital technologies are becoming increasingly important and urban infrastructures and buildings require a more efficient and sustainable setup.

These changing environments set free a swarm of urban challenges: Developed cities for instance need to focus on cutting carbon emissions, improving efficiency in infrastructure and buildings, stimulating a market shift towards cleaner vehicles and more efficient and environmentally friendly public transportation. At the same time, infrastructure quality in many advanced economies is deteriorating. Looking forward to 2030, more than $50 trillion will need to be invested in infrastructure globally to keep up with GDP and population growth.

Cities in emerging markets on the other hand face issues such as power outages and inadequate public transport and roads, which brake on growth and development. Infrastructures cannot be built fast enough to keep pace with economic and urban development. In times of constrained budgets city leaders carefully need to identify their infrastructure investments ensuring that their investments address their environmental and economic priorities. Technologies need to be adapted to serve local needs to ensure that the right technologies are applied in the right environments, tailored to the specific characteristics of the individual city.