Smart solutions on a balanced budgetWith growing urbanization, often critical financial conditions and the challenges of climate change, cities carry a crucial part of development as a whole. What then does intelligent infrastructure mean for buildings, mobility solutions and energy management?
The challenges of constant growthInfrastructure has a profound effect on quality of life, but one that we only really appreciate when things do not work as well as they should. Anybody who has experienced power blackouts or stuck in traffic jams knows that things could, and should, be better. Urbanization complicates matters further. Each week, cities are growing by 1.5 million inhabitants, and by 2050 more than two thirds of the global population will be city dwellers, up from just one third in 1950. As cities grow, the way we build and manage urban infrastructure has never been more critical to global economic and social development.
With more than half of the global population living in cities, there is no doubt that we live in an urbanized world and the global challenges of the 21st century are in urban areas.Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (source: Interview with Joan Clos by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service on the "Rio+20" conference, June 2012)
Digitalization drives infrastructure of tomorrow
Challenges for Intelligent Infrastructure
Number of people living in cities in 20301
Global energy demand 2030: 194,000 TWh, + 25% compared to 20122
Number of vehicles in 2050: 2.5 bn + 100% compared to 20153
USD 239 billion
Expected costs resulting from traffic jams in Europe and USA in 20304
Advanced building automation and control systems can save up to 40% of energy5
Of global NOx emissions are stem from shipping6
~ 5% p.a.
Rate of Data Center energy consumption increase to 2026 7
2. WEO Report 2014
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6. Smith, T.W.P. et al. (2014b) Third IMO GHG Study 2014. London: International Maritime Organisation
7. DCD Global Market Overview and Forecast, 2015
Buildings consume more energy than industry or mobility41% of worldwide energy consumption, responsible for one third of greenhouse gas emissions: Buildings are one major part of the worldwide environmental footprint. If we’d like to succeed against climate change, sustainable, and energy-efficient buildings need to be part of a global answer.
Beside buildings’ environmental impact, there are also economical aspects: Real Estate often is the 2nd largest expense on most organizations’ income statement. So buildings can be a critical factor for a company’s success and in the end for the employees’ job security.
But buildings are far more than that. People spend about 90 % of their lives indoors – starting with our birth in hospitals, learning at schools, developing at universities, succeeding in jobs in office buildings. Buildings are not just a place for working and living. It’s the place where we spend our lives.
Ingenuity for life creates perfect places
We all begin our lives in a perfect place: In our mother’s tummy. A place where it is never too cold, never too warm, never too loud; a place where we can always feel safe and secure. Why shouldn’t all our lives be lived in perfect places?
So improving buildings, working on perfect places, means working towards better lives. Our goal is: Creating perfect places for every stage of life.