The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2022
Prosperity beyond profit
The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2022 examines prosperity through the lens of three pillars: Planet, People, and Profit.
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Just one of these pillars alone does not make a city sustainable nor does it make it prosperous. A city should approach their need for building net-zero infrastructure and transport, reducing air pollution as much as they do in being profitable. Ultimately a city cannot guarantee successful outcomes for the people in their city, but they can provide a platform and environment to foster good standards of living, reducing climate impact and enable citizens to prosper.
The Planet pillar captures environmental factors like energy usage and emissions. The index investigates climate-related threats to cities as well as policies needed to bolster a city’s environmental goals.
The People pillar measures social performance including quality of life. For a city to be prosperous, a few factors need to be prioritized such as inclusivity, safety, providing opportunities for work and ease of access to transport and healthcare.
The Profit pillar assesses business environment and economic performance, considering aspects such as GDP per capita, ease of doing business, affordable housing, and other economic measures. Does a profit-first approach enable a city to be sustainable?