As rapid urbanization comes with increasing threats to our ecosystem, resolving these sustainability challenges has become key to the development of future cities. To encourage youth to explore solutions in response to urban needs, Covestro is launching the first “Future Cities Competition” as part of its Future Cities initiative, a global call for public discussion on urban development and a platform for implementing Covestro’s vision to make the world a brighter place.
As megacity development becomes a global trend, the urban environment is playing an increasingly large role in shaping our futures. Currently, most cities create more waste than can be naturally dissolved and use resources faster than can be regenerated, which creates a myriad of environmental risks. Future cities need to be regenerative, livable, smart, resilient and characterized by circular flows and new ways of sustainable value creation.
Materials manufacturer Covestro is investing in innovative sustainable solutions for developing future cities. Covestro is doing its best to drive a new type of urban development that is powered by renewable energy, circular economies, and mutually beneficial relationships between cities and their environments.
“At Covestro, we believe that our materials play a vital role in creating livable, circular, and resilient cities that lessen the impact on our environment. This is why we spare no effort to drive innovation for sustainable urban development,” says Dr. Christian Haessler, Head of Global Sustainability at Covestro. “Engaging and inspiring the next generation to contribute to this is important to us. This is why we are actively reaching out to them and providing a platform where they can share their vision of Future Cities.”