Hong Kong, September 22, 2022 – Arcadis has confirmed its attendance as a key event sponsor at the ReThink Sustainable Business Forum and Solutions Expo, which will be hosted on October 5 and 6, 2022 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai. Speaking at the event, Tanya Uppal, Director of Arcadis Hong Kong Business Advisory will present the company’s latest research findings, quantifying sustainability performance across 100 selected global cities to understand what could make a city – including the city of Hong Kong - more sustainable.
The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2022
The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index ranks 100 global cities on three pillars of sustainability: Planet, People, and Profit. Together the three pillars signal overall prosperity and reflect the many intertwined services and outcomes that cities need to consider in pursuing their sustainability goals.
“Every city is unique with its own blend of strengths and weaknesses,” said Arcadis Global Cities Director, John Batten. “There is no quick fix that automatically makes a city sustainable. Having a chief sustainability officer and an electric vehicle charging network clearly helps, but there are other interconnected challenges, such as housing affordability and income equality, that cities need to address to make lasting progress.”
Prosperity beyond Profit - Hong Kong needs more investment in “People” and “Planet” Pillars
Hong Kong ranks 63rd overall in this year’s index, and is the highest-ranking Chinese city on the list. However, Hong Kong is a city of extremes. Even though it performs reasonably well across some indicators, such as transport, green spaces and job quality, in falls down in areas such as greenhouse gas emissions and affordability. This is contributing to holding the city back in the rankings. In fact, Hong Kong consistently falls in the bottom half of the table, apart from in the profit pillar where it comes in at 45th.
“Hong Kong is a city of extremes. It really shines in terms of the quality of its transportation infrastructure, amount of green space, ease of conducting business and healthcare system. However, its performance on air quality and affordability are coming in last. I think there is an urgency for policy makers, corporates and individuals in Hong Kong to rethink the path that the city of Hong Kong shall take toward its sustainability goals.” said Francis Au, Arcadis Greater China Growth Director.
Building resilience and sustainable cities
ReThink HK addresses the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. This year seven themed theatres and stages at expo will host thought-leadership, insight, and debate alongside innovation and practical solutions. Join us and hear insights on Hong Kong’s sustainability solutions for infection control and healthcare, carbon removal, smart mobility, and eliminating barriers of entry for implementing sustainability standards.
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