17. juli 2024

‘My Carbon’: An approach for inclusive and sustainable cities

Cities across the world account for almost 75% of our total carbon emissions. As countries move towards implementing their pledges for a net zero future, urban areas will remain the action ground for decades to come.

While transport and buildings are the major drivers for emissions in cities, the share of individual emissions are significant at around 40%.

1. COVID-19 was the test of social responsibility

– A huge number of unimaginable restrictions for public health were adopted by billions of citizens across the world.

There were numerous examples globally of maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, mass vaccinations and acceptance of contact-tracing applications for public health, which demonstrated the core of individual social responsibility.

2. Fourth Industrial Revolution technology breakthroughs

– Advances in emerging technologies like AI, blockchain and digitization can enable tracking personal carbon emissions, raise awareness and also provide individual advisories on lower carbon and ethical choices for consumption of product and services.

The World Economic Forum’s Scale 360 initiative demonstrates the use of fourth industrial revolution technologies across the whole life cycle of products and services.

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