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Train rails in Shibaura business area in Tokyo. Sweco Urban Insight report about carbon cost in infrastructure

Published: November 9, 2021

Carbon cost in infrastructure: The key to the climate crisis?

Climate change has never been a more urgent global challenge. As world leaders gather at the climate summit COP 26 in November 2021 to discuss climate solutions for our planet, our focus at Sweco continues to be not only on how to address the climate crisis, but ways in which we can assist clients in making informed decisions on their carbon reduction ambitions.

Our consultants provide sustainable options and co-create solutions together with clients on how to minimise carbon emissions and costs associated with infrastructure development. In this Sweco Urban Insight report, “Carbon Cost in Infrastructure: The key to the climate crisis?”, experts highlight the relationship between decreasing costs in infrastructure projects and decreasing the carbon footprint and provide timely and relevant solutions.

A colored circle diagram from the Sweco Urban Insight report Urban Space for People on the Move – The Living City

Published: October 27, 2021

Urban space for people on the move

What makes a great place? Holistic urban planning requires the involvement of citizens, different disciplines and other stakeholders, and there are proven methods that can support planners in achieving goals for sustainable city development.

More than half of the global population spend their everyday lives in an urban environment. A large part of a country’s social and economic activity takes place in its towns and cities. Urban spaces designed with great care and from a human perspective both improve people’s well-being and make it easier to choose sustainable means of transport.

The Urban Insight report: “Urban Space for People on the Move-The Living City”, introduces us to the Placemaking and SymbioCity concepts, which have been designed to support urban planners in achieving goals for sustainable urban development.

Future sea resort construction designed by Sweco to protect nature and biodiversity

Published: October 19, 2021

Building in biodiversity: for climate, for health

The way we are accustomed to designing our cities, with paved streets and grand buildings, has proven to be less resilient to the effects of climate change. Preserving natural environments, forests and biodiversity in urban areas is vital for sustaining life and plays a major role in the fight against climate change.

As a result of increased urbanisation, cities have a big impact and can contribute to increased biodiversity. Rich and healthy ecosystems provide us with many benefits and are vital to our survival. The key to ensuring that cities can thrive as ecosystems lies in ensuring that more species are also benefited through a targeted approach to habitat design. Supporting biodiversity and planning urban areas for increased resilience to climate change can also benefit people living in cities.

The Urban Insight report “Building in biodiversity: For climate, for health”, offers key actions urban planners, architects, engineers, environmental technologists and citizens can take to encourage biodiversity in urban spaces.

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