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The sustainable cities of the future
By 2050, about two-thirds of the world population will be living in cities. Today, urban conurbations already account for around 75 percent of global energy consumption. Traffic density in urban areas will triple by 2050, which will also increase the need to protect the climate. For this reason, in 2017 Bosch decided to focus its efforts on the sustainable development of cities, which promotes the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11. “The city of 2050 will use renewable sources of energy. It will combine modes of transport intelligently and conserve resources,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. In brief: “The city of tomorrow is connected, sustainable, and livable.” In the Bosch Sustainability Report 2017, the company presents the broad range of solutions it offers for the cities of the future.
Five approaches to transforming cities
Bosch has come up with five approaches to rethinking cities. With “New types of space”, the company is focusing on ways of reducing energy consumption in urban buildings. At the same time, Bosch is driving “New forms of mobility” forward with the aim of making the road traffic of the future emissions-free, stress-free, and accident-free with climate-friendly technologies and connected infrastructure solutions. The new iDisc brake disc is one example of how the company is doing this. Compared with conventional brake discs, the iDisc reduces brake dust by as much as 90 percent.
With “New types of work”, Bosch is developing innovations that make day-to-day work more agile, more efficient, and safer. In the area of “New means of production”, the company is focusing on resource-friendly applications. For instance, the GoGreen program has saved more than 150,000 tons of CO₂ since 2011. And with “New forms of social interaction”, Bosch is cooperating with its regional foundations to fulfill its commitment to social responsibility. Supporting young people is one aspect of this commitment. The aim is to give young people better opportunities for the future, regardless of their background.
One result of this broad range of measures is that Bosch had reduced its CO2 emissions by a third in 2017 over the 2007 reference year. Water consumption has been cut by 10 percent in the past two years alone, and the volume of waste has decreased four percent. What is more, Bosch has conducted 740 environmental audits of its suppliers since 2010. The number of accidents per million hours worked has decreased by about two-thirds since 2007. The company has also made progress in terms of gender equality: in 2017, women held more than one in six management positions at Bosch.
The Bosch Sustainability Report 2017 can be found here.
Stories on the five Bosch approaches to sustainable cities can be found here.