Cities & Built Environment

The city of the future is inclusive and circular.

Cities occupy just 3% of Earth’s land surface, but they are home to over half of the global population. With urbanization continuing, cities must find sustainable ways to meet the needs of their current and future inhabitants while operating within planetary boundaries. 

Our team provides governments, NGOs, and private organizations with a systemic analysis of where they stand in the sustainability transition and guidance on how to move forward. We offer effective strategies to reduce carbon emissions and resource use in urban areas while assisting architects, planners, construction companies, and developers in creating a more sustainable built environment. This ensures cities can generate welfare for all and become beacons of sustainability and resilience, ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Meet our teams

Our teams strategically position cities to drive the transition to a circular and sustainable economy. Aligned with global agreements like the Paris Agreement and methodologies such as science-based targets, we provide guidance to cities and regions worldwide on how to function and develop within planetary boundaries.

Our offerings

Our Circular Urban Scan identifies areas primed for impactful change through a scientific and streamlined process, mapping the seven pillars of circularity as a robust foundation for sustainable strategies.

Our Material Flow Analysis (MFA) provides comprehensive insights into material, energy, and human flows, identifying opportunities to reduce resource use and emissions, retain economic value,  and close the loop.

Our Spatial Mapping service visually presents key areas for impactful interventions, combining relevant economic and social data to establish a connection between high-level circularity goals, policies, and spatially explicit information.

In our Strategy Co-creation service, we closely collaborate with stakeholders on a customized circular economy strategy, emphasizing implementation, change-by-doing, and long-term systemic transformation.

Our monitoring frameworks and tools enable us to track and measure the efficiency of strategies and regulatory frameworks, ensuring progress towards circular economy and sustainability goals.

Our Capacity Building and Organizational Change service guides city governments, developers, and financiers in transitioning to new ways of urban planning and development with essential tools, insights, and knowledge.

Our offerings

Collaborating with industry experts, our team specializes in Sustainable Building & Area Design, assessing the environmental impact of building designs and masterplans and proposing interventions, considering both construction- and use-phase impact for integral design excellence.

Employing our Urban Mining Model, we analyze existing material stocks and forecast the expected material flows from construction and demolition activities, providing policymakers and organizations with insights to plan strategies for achieving a circular construction sector.

In our Portfolio Impact Scan, we analyze an organization’s environmental impact, including all scopes, aiding in the formulation of clear strategies and targets for reducing carbon emissions, and compliance with CSRD requirements or science-based targets.

Our Capacity Building and Organizational Change service guides city governments, developers, and financiers in transitioning to new ways of urban planning and development with essential tools, insights, and knowledge.

We analyze long-term supply and demand trends at the national and regional levels, providing policymakers with scenarios and insights to plan and implement the transition to a low-carbon construction sector.

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Specialized in guiding visions from conception to implementation, Gerard and his team support cities, regions, and urban professionals in the transition towards a circular and inclusive future.