Smart cities, future cities
1 October 2015
Cities are engines of economic growth and social change, according to a new research report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. About 85% of global GDP in 2015 was generated in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in urban areas. Compact, connected and efficient cities can generate stronger growth and job creation, alleviate poverty and reduce investment costs, as well as improve quality of life through lower air pollution and traffic congestion.
Cities need an estimated 70,000 km2 of new residential floor space by 2030, equivalent to 60% of the world’s current residential floor space. The research report finds that investing in sustainable and smart cities before 2020 could generate savings of trillion of dollars by 2050. Every US$1 million invested in cities could yield US$20–50 million. Cities around the world are already leading the way in implementing sustainable and innovative urban solutions. By sharing and scaling-up these best practices through international collaboration, cities can save money and accelerate global climate action.
This growth of cities makes it inevitable to use the roof. With innovative rooftop solutions we can create more space for living. And that is exactly what we focus on with our company.