Cities – The key to change

Cities – The key to change

Cities are key crucibles of change in the modern world. The global ‘mega-trend’ of rapid urbanisation is expected to lead to more than 60 percent of the world’s population living in cities by 2030, and this brings with it the challenge of securing sustainable development for the future, so that cities can continue to be liveable, attractive and competitive.

Estimates suggest that cities are responsible for 75 percent of global CO2 emissions, with transport and buildings being among the largest contributors. In turn, climate change can lead to atmospheric conditions which disrupt daily life and thus also economic growth.

To make cities better places in which to live, the key issues of air pollution, traffic congestion, road safety and noise need to be addressed, using transport solutions that are accessible, efficient and attractive.

To that end, cities are looking for the right partners to fulfil a range of roles,including how they transport people and goods. City density, GDP, local resources, political considerations and history will all influence the solutions that are selected. And the solutions that we apply in cities can in turn form the basis of knowledge that can be applied elsewhere around the world.

Scania’s approach

Efficient transport is essential for sustainable cities. Future mobility requires an understanding of the complexity of urban planning, including intermodal solutions where the use of more buses is one way to increase efficiency and decrease cost. Through the bus, coach and services offering, Scania aims to ensure sustainable mobility in rapidly growing cities with clever, cost-efficient bus systems. But strategic partnerships are crucial to accelerate change. Scania is working in private and public sector partnerships worldwide with local authorities, academia and other industry players. One example is the recently launched concept of the Activity Based City where Scania, together with construction group Skanska, consultancy firm WSP and railway operator MTR, takes a joint approach to building sustainable cities, where people are at the centre.

Scania sees cities as our stakeholders, and we believe we have a natural role to play in providing urban transport solutions that are smart, safe and sustainable. By working together we can realise the enormous potential of new technology to make city living better, cleaner and more efficient for the long term, so improving the lives of millions of city-dwellers worldwide.