All over the world, more and more people are moving to cities. In 2030, there will be 43 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants. In 1950, there were only two. Urbanization is presenting policymakers, industry and society – and thus, every one of us – with major social and environmental challenges.
What does all of this have to do with chemistry? Chemistry is an important contributor to overcoming these challenges. Urbanization is one of BASF’s core topics, along with climate change, feeding a growing world population, and the sustainable use of resources. Our ambition is to be a partner for society whenever it encounters challenges we can solve with chemistry – mainly with products and innovations that are sustainable. In this way, we can make our contribution to the cities of the future, and especially to their inhabitants.
In this issue of Creating Chemistry, we wanted to find out how cities might look in the future, how ever-increasing numbers of people will find affordable housing, how urbanization can be managed sustainably and how quality of life can be improved at the same time. Discover why megacities need to be planned on a long-term basis, where city-dwellers are reclaiming disused or neglected spaces and how electromobility is being adapted for everyday use. How can we ensure that all this will work out, that everyone can find their own place and that cities can remain fit for people to live in? It will take creativity and the courage to embrace the new, as well as ideas and technologies – and solutions created by chemistry.
I wish you an enjoyable read!
Martin Brudermüller, PhD
Chairman of the Board of Executive
Directors and Chief Technology Officer,
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