The world population is expected to increase by 2,200 million in just 30 years. This means that the population will grow from the current figure of 7,600 million to 9,800 by 2050. Two thirds of these people will form part of the middle classes and will live in cities.
To satisfy consumption needs and achieve sustainable production on a planet with limited resources, threatened by the effects of climate change, the strategy of progress at the cost of an increasing environmental footprint is no longer possible. Only energy-efficient, environmentally-sustainable cities will be in a position to grow.
The circular economy will play a vital role in addressing the challenge of environmental and social transformation, because it seeks to reduce waste and protect the environment, whilst at the same time creating economic opportunities and affording competitive advantages for companies.
According to a European Commission report, the Circular Economy will achieve savings of 600 billion euro for EU companies, the equivalent of 8% of their current turnover. Moreover, 580,000 jobs will be created and carbon emissions will be reduced by 450 million tonnes by 2030. To achieve this, cities must respond to the challenges of transformation and optimise the use of available resources, whilst ensuring sustainable consumption and production models.
Technology is a key facilitator in addressing the challenges faced by territories in terms of achieving a resource-efficient economy. The support of digital transformation must be sought to build a new
model that promotes sustainability, innovation and competitiveness, whilst facilitating the conversion of waste into resources.
Through new technologies, cities can compile and use data for smarter decision making, thus improving the competitiveness of companies and the quality of life of citizens. The digital city, therefore, becomes an ecosystem capable of reassigning resources in accordance with the changing needs and circumstances of its inhabitants and its environment.
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Recycling and correct waste management are key links in the chain of sustainable urban growth. This is why Minsait, in tandem with Ecoembes, has developed an intelligent waste management platform that seeks to respond to the current and future needs of this sector.