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Cities bring the promise of better living – good infrastructure, accessibility, and plentiful opportunities. But as urban cities continue to expand with an accelerating global population, how can we continue keeping this promise alive?

Cities must redefine themselves at pace with the evolving world around us, responding to global shifts, like climate change, biodiversity loss, and social expectations.

At the same time, each city has a unique identity defined by its culture, systems, and geographic and demographic characteristics. All these elements need to be considered to ensure that reimagined cities keep the needs of the community at the forefront of planning.

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    The term ‘green economy’ was first coined by the United Nations in connection with Sustainable Development Goals. In a green economy, growth in employment and income are driven by both public and private investment into economic activities, infrastructure and assets that allow reduced carbon emissions and pollution, enhanced energy and resource efficiency, and prevention of the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. It aims to provide an effective means to lead nations out of crises – financial, energy, food – while considering planetary boundaries and sustainable development.


    A green economy approach, focused on low carbon growth and supported by digital innovation, is key to sustainable urban master planning.  

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Highlights

2025

over USD 20 trillion physical capital investment needed to meet urban infrastructure demand 

2050

70% of the world's population is expected to live in urban areas 

2050

in 136 of the world’s largest coastal cities, socio-economic change alone will lead to heightened vulnerability, even in the absence of climate change

60%

of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from our cities

Here, we analyze a holistic approach with real solutions that
can create prosperous cities for the future.

The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2022

The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2022

The promise of prosperity is why the majority of people live in cities. But we know that sustainable cities are better at delivering on this promise than others. And we can also see that financial profits alone do not guarantee prosperity for the masses.

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Principal Engineer Climate Adaptation and Resilience Global Innovation Manager

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