By 2050, the United Nations forecasts that 66 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, with India and China, expected to see the fastest rates of change.
This shift to city living has enormous implications for all of us. Research by the Abu Dhabi-headquartered International Renewable Energy Agency suggests that cities account for 65 per cent of global energy use and generate up to 70 per cent of man-made carbon emissions.
The National reports that as cities grow in number and size, so will their need for power and water and their subsequent emissions. Given that the World Energy Council has forecast energy consumption will rise by 46 per cent by 2060, with growth in the Middle East region expected to be higher than the global average, they say it is important that government, business and consumers alike all take a holistic approach to sustainably manage this growing energy demand.
The complex nature of these large infrastructure projects demonstrates how the development of a world-leading energy sector is a key part of the United Arab Emirates strategy to diversify, and drive the development of its knowledge economy and deliver sustainable energy sources.