Amity Insight reports
Sustainable Cities 05 Jan 2018
Esmé van Herwijnen
Responsible Investment Analyst
Cities as places where people congregate to live, work and play have been pivotal in human developments for millennia. In 2008, for the first time in history, the urban population exceeded the rural. This means that cities have now become the places
where the majority of people have migrated for economic and social reasons.
Cities are home to many of us as the places we commute to for work or spend our leisure time in. Their prosperity is often key to overall economic resilience and growth – but in a fast changing world are they still fit for purpose? In this Amity
Insight, we look at the nature of the challenge, the problems cities face, and the investment required to ensure cities remain sustainable for the long-term.
We examine how old cities may need to adapt in order to function and remain attractive,
as well as opportunities for newer cities to do things differently. We will take a close look at how utilities, transport, housing and connectivity are enablers towards a more sustainable ‘polis’. Finally, we also explore what the
issues are for responsible investors and outline the investment value chain of opportunities that support the concept of ‘sustainable cities’.
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