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Green cities: What should cities of the future look like?

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Nearly three quarters of the EU population live in a city, and the sheer number of city-people is still on the rise. As the ecological footprint of urban areas is thus inevitably also increasing, we can address this by making our cities greener. A happy side effect of greener cities is that it also positively affects its inhabitants: the greener a city, the healthier its population.


How can cities encourage their residents to switch to public, shared or low-emission transports? How also to create smarter infrastructures for low-emission buildings, clean energy provision, and green waste and water management?

Could digital technology and smart city solutions help us become more aware and increase our well-being?

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At a Glance, December 2019

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