A sustainable Europe requires an investment in our cities and a commitment to transform them into cities that are environmentally sustainable, attractive to live in, and economically competitive. Around three-quarters of European citizens live in or around cities and consume over 80% of the continent’s total energy supply. European cities have been called upon to take big steps to reduce their CO2 emissions by 20%, increase their renewable energy use by 20% and increase energy efficiency by 20% by 2020.
With growing pressure on resources, achieving a sustainable quality of life in cities is one of Europe’s major challenges. Cities of tomorrow need new concepts and materials in sustainable housing and urban mobility to address the challenges of energy efficiency, health, safety and comfort as well as environmental impacts. This means that cities need to reduce their total energy consumption, increase their use of renewable energy, and adapt their physical and communication infrastructures.
See our sections below on housing and mobility to get a better understanding of the challenges facing cities in their strive to become sustainable ones and learn how chemistry can help solve some of these challenges. The appropriate use of chemistry will enable our society to become safer and more sustainable. Our page on solutions describes some of the break-through innovation in housing and mobility making this possible.