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Currently transportation systems contribute a big share of greenhouse gas emissions. Shared and automated mobility, renewable cars and solar paved highways are some major innovations just around the corner. These have the potential to completely change urban structures and forms, the way cities function and urban living.”


How can businesses help the transition to sustainable cities?

“Many things can be done. Re-examining the supply chain from a sustainability perspective, using locally sourced materials when possible, improving energy and resource efficiency in production, innovating and adopting new product designs that encourage circular economies and reduce waste streams – these are just some examples. It is also important that businesses take active interest in their host city, and support researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the community to help accelerate sustainability.”

About Xuemei Bai:

Xuemei Bai is a professor of urban environment and human ecology at the Fenner School of Environment & Society at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. One of her focus areas is to better understand the role of cities in global sustainability.

In 2018, Xuemei Bai was awarded the Volvo Environment Prize. The motivation of the jury:

“Professor Xuemei Bai is one of the most active global thought leaders in urban sustainability research, working across scales and tackling both theoretical and applied challenges with a focus on urban development in East Asia. Her work is an outstanding example of the application of research to policy and practice.”