In recent years, there has been unprecedented urban growth worldwide. Uncontrolled development can lead to the creation of cities that are vulnerable to natural disasters, as well as being prone to slum growth and pollution. In this context, more and more urban centres are fortunately committing to a different trend: The development of a green city.
Cities play an essential role in the fight against climate change, they are the first to change and lead this development towards a low-carbon lifestyle, based on efficiency and renewable energies.
A sustainable city is in communion with nature, incorporating "green features" into urban architecture, promoting renewable energies, preserving and protecting natural resources and implementing a sustainable lifestyle through electric mobility, recycling and bioclimatic architecture.
A new model for cities
A sustainable city is one that can be self-sufficient in energy and that re-uses its waste. It should also aim to have more sustainable transport, as well as maintaining green spaces and managing its natural resources.
This new model for cities should comply with principles of energy efficiency and sustainability to find the balance between the environment and natural resources. To achieve this Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) should be an efficient and necessary tool for the urban environment.
CONAMA: An appointment for sustainability
From 26 to 29 November the 14th edition of the National Congress for the Environment was held at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos in Madrid, an event held every two years since 1992. It is an essential event for the environmental sector. It is a meeting point for all professionals and entities involved in sustainable development.
Because it is attended by so many people, CONAMA is a true summit for sustainable development in Spain. This year's edition also came at a very significant moment: In Spain, the Ministry of Ecological Transition has just been created, so we need to prepare for changes and new features. Companies and citizens have placed sustainability at the forefront of their concerns, so this meeting is an opportunity to make an in-depth analysis of the situation.
This edition dealt with issues relating to the water sector and how it is preparing for climate change, cities undergoing energy transition, urban renovation, electric mobility and bioregions, and these are just some of the essential aspects of sustainability.