Why does the world need better cities?
Most people think that wind farms and solar arrays are at the centre of our global energy transition, and while partly true, it’s mostly happening in cities.
Cities haven’t evolved much over time, but as they grow in density worldwide we can’t afford to have wasteful economies.
By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities, so it’s critical that we transition our urban areas to clean energy. Or better still, design them that way from the start.
It’s a tricky balancing act…the population is growing and modern society relies on energy to fuel their way of life. So how do we manage the need for energy with the need to protect the environment?
We call it harmonious progress.
We’re driving changes to systems, infrastructure and attitudes to achieve the benefits that enhance quality of life while making cities sustainable for future generations.
Our Greater Springfield project is one such example – we’ll build renewable generation capacity and help manage the way that energy is used, to produce less waste, at lower cost and with fewer emissions.
Springfield at a glance
- Located around 40km south-west of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia
- Current population 45,000+, forecast to triple within the next 20 years
- Plans to develop up to 2.6 million square metres of mixed-use buildings and 22,850 apartments within the central business district
- Master-planned around the connective pillars of health, education and technology, and with innovation underpinning the city’s liveability
- Named the World’s Best Master-Planned Community by the International Real Estate Federation
Greater Springfield Vision
- Zero net energy by 2038
- Energy secure
- Powered by green energy
- Hydrogen as part of its energy solution
- Improved wellbeing and user experience
- Increased connectivity
- Provide infrastructure for green mobility
- A leader in Better Cities solutions