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Sustainable Cities

Transforming cities into a green and smart city by adapting new mega trends such as green energy, smart mobility, good waste & education systems or by bringing nature to the city.

We currently live in what they call "the age of the city". The world is changing at fast pace, with population growth, global economy and developing technology, urban migration becomes the norm. This phenomenon makes people reflect about the most viable place to live, the environmental impact and financial stability of a city. In addition to this, it's a fact that cities represent major contributors to climate change. According to the UN Habitat, cities consume 78% of the world's energy and produce more than 60% of GHG emissions. Yet they only account for 2% of Earth's surface.

At Sia-Partners we'll make your city more sustainable.

To do so we'll assess your needs and current situation/ actions, we benchmark your municipality with the worlds most sustainable cities and we'll then take action on seven identified aspects:

Electricity and heat

1) Electricity and heat

Shift towards green and renewable energies such as wind, solar, hydropower and biogas. Ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy for all.

  • Renewable energies
  • Energy efficiency
Transportation

2) Transportation

Sustainable development is highly dependent on mobility. First, implementing fossil-free transportation is key to tackling climate change and improving citizens' quality of life. Second, an interconnected, affordable and safe transport system is determinant to increase accessibility to everyone:

  • Improve and promote the public transport system
  • Promote multimodality and intermodality for all
  • Transform individual mobility
Buildings and construction

3) Buildings and construction

Smart buildings' design can help reduce the negative impact of climate change, pollution and improve citizen's quality of life. Properties have to become more energy-efficient and use more green and renewable materials:

  • Green existing properties
  • Encourage the construction of new properties with high performance standards
Agriculture

4) Agriculture

Urban agriculture is a component of sustainable infrastructure. Vertical farming, community-supported agriculture and farmer's markets are examples of how a city can contribute to organic practices, local support, and food waste reduction:

  • New agricultural models
  • Consumer strategies
  • AgTech & Innovation
Waste Management

5) Waste Management

Waste is expensive to deal with and represents a threat to citizens' health and nature. Reducing waste, recognizing its value, and reusing it through cost-efficient waste management systems can help close the loop:

- Reduce the amount of waste produced

- Reuse the existing resources

- Recycle with waste management systems

Education and training

6) Education and training

The future of a city lies in the hands of its next generations. Hence, the active participation of citizens and strong education systems are the roots of an inclusive environment but also of skilled and environmentally altered labor:

  • Enable the active participation of citizens
  • Invest in strong educational systems
  • Create thriving opportunities
Biodiversity

7) Biodiversity

Because cities are becoming concrete jungles, more citizens develop the urge to escape the city to breathe. Conserving green space, as well as natural environments in urban areas, improves citizen's quality of life and enriches biodiversity:

  • Improve access to green and natural environments
  • Sustainably manage green spaces and natural environments and conserve biodiversity