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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relate

Making the most out of natural resources is key to the sustainability of future cities. Establishing systems where wastes can be recycled and reused to make something useful will dramatically change our environment without impacting on our quality of life. The integration and relationship between the major elements of industry and home life are extremely important for future efficiency.

Cities of the future will need to make greater use of their infrastructure to reduce resource consumption and waste production while increasing the efficiency of the products and systems within it. They will use wastes as feedstock for energy production and

product manufacturing. This will improve efficiency through reuse and recycling by relating processes into integrated closed loop systems based around energy, water and waste management. All aspects of community life will become increasingly efficient to reduce costs and emissions.

CPI supports the development of the processes, technologies and products that can help create more sustainable cities by working with its partners to develop and practically demonstrate new approaches so they are ready for investment and adoption.


Growing cities and increased consumerism *

Growing cities

  • From 2010 to 2025, the GDP of the City 6001 will rise by over $30 trillion… or nearly 65% of global growth.
  • The emerging 4402 cities will contribute $23 trillion… or 47% of global growth to 2025.
  • Over $10 trillion in additional annual investments needed in cities by 2025.
  • 1 billion new consumers in emerging market cities by 2025.

Increased demand

  • 60% of the new urban consumers will be in the emerging 440 cities.
  • Annual consumption in emerging cities is set to rise by $10 trillion by 2025.
  • Cities are expected to need to build floor space3 equivalent to 85% of today's building stock - an area the size of Austria.
  • There is an expected 80 billion cubic meter increase in municipal water demand in the world's cities by 2025.
  • 2.5 times today's level of port infrastructure needed to meet rising contain-shipping demand.

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* Urban world: Cities and the rise of the consuming class
McKinsey & Company, June 2012

1. The top 600 cities by their contribution to global GDP growth 2010-2025
2. Emerging market cities in the City 600
3. Floor space for commercial and residential buildings, including building replacement.


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