As the United Nations launches its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development next year, the organization will look to the global real estate industry for help in implementing its goals, says Rafael Tuts, coordinator of the Urban Planning and Design Branch of the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme.
By 2050, two-thirds of all people will live in a city. This means roads will get even more congested. Air quality in those urban areas will likely worsen. And the demand for goods in megacities will further test already strained transportation networks.
Industrial facilities in the United States generate and manage 7.6 billion tons of nonhazardous industrial waste in land disposal units annually, according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. General Motors, however, recycles 90 percent of its worldwide manufacturing waste and has 102 landfill-free facilities with a goal of 125 globally by 2020.