Urbanization 2050: Intelligent, Sustainable and High-Quality Cities

In its 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) estimates that 68 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050 – a 13 percent increase from 2018.

Urbanization leads to increased demand for intelligent, sustainable environments that reduce environmental impact while offering citizens a higher quality of life. The smart cities of tomorrow will need to bring together technology, government and society, all of which will be supported by intelligent and sustainable power and energy systems and initiatives.

A core factor in this urban evolution is the modernization of the electrical grid, which will enable countries to better meet the demands of their growing urban populations. The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is helping with this enormous challenge.

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