Sustainability is about connecting resource flows
Climate change, population growth, urbanization and resource depletion are among the biggest challenges we face. Many of these issues manifest themselves in cities in the form of increased heat stress, flooding during peak rainfall and air pollution. Without measures, this will increase further in the coming years.
Measures for a sustainable or circular city require an integrated approach, because all flows are interconnected, such as material, traffic, food and energy flows. An important first step is to gain insight into these flows and patterns through smart use of the technological possibilities and available data sources. Insight is a precondition for meaningful measures. And to achieve objectives, as formulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
In a sustainable city, the green infrastructure contributes to strengthening social and economic networks. Planting trees or constructing water features not only reduces heat stress, but also makes the city more attractive for cyclists and pedestrians. Walking has been shown to make people happier and healthier, reduce air pollution and promote people-to-people interactions. Greening contributes to many other objectives and makes the city more liveable and sustainable.
There is also much to be gained in terms of energy requirements. Not only by focusing on sustainable, renewable sources, but also by making smarter use of the available infrastructure. A good example is the innovative charging stations of Lomboxnet in Utrecht. These are suitable for storing solar energy in the batteries of electric cars and returning it to the neighbourhood. This makes the car battery part of the energy infrastructure of a neighbourhood.
Other examples are the emergence of urban agriculture, the many circular projects or the development of new mobility concepts.
As WeCity, we help, together with our partners, to achieve the sustainability goals from SDG 11 (Sustainable Development Goal). We do this using tools to make objectives measurable and progress transparent, by making valuable data sources and solutions available in our catalog and by stimulating collaboration with all stakeholders involved.
Do you want to make better use of the possibilities in your city? Please contact us. We are happy to help you create a tailor-made approach for your organization.