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  • Jun 26 2012: China has embarked on the most aggressive wave of urban development ever seen on the planet. As the country moves from behind the global average to a majority urbanised society the risks and opportunities associated with the development that will take place between now and 2030 will define for the century which follows whether Chinas cities leapfrog the European and North American malaise of inefficient infrastructure and unconnected mobility, water, waste and information systems and embrace a new approach to development. At the heart of the opportunity is better policy and collaboration.

    None of the technologies needed to manage that transformation require ingenious innovation. We have them all, whether it's anaerobic digestion for managing city waste and using it to feed power generation, or the smart systems which create huge operating efficiencies in mobility or communication.

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