What is urban metabolism? Read this interview with engineer Ling Min Tan from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures and find out.
An ever-growing number of cities are turning their growth and climate challenges into an opportunity to rethink their urban metabolism and patterns of development. Urban systems today are responsible for high environmental impacts, accounting for more than 70 percent of CO2 energy-related emissions globally. This can be attributed to the complex system of cities, where materials flow in a linear way. This raises serious problems such as material depletion, enormous waste generation, and climate change.