The world around us is changing, with the effect of climate change increasingly apparent. Cities occupy just three per cent of the earth’s land, but account for most of the global energy consumption and carbon emissions*.

Our cities are a key contributor to climate change, but they are also an integral part of the solution. Populations within cities are growing at an alarming rate, with urban growth driving environmental change, but inequalities remain. Infrastructure needs to be climate ready, looking at the adaptation of buildings already in existence and resilience in the built environment. This oncoming age of climate breakdown alongside rapid urbanisation, means urban transformation is essential if cities are to address these challenges ahead and meet global climate and development goals. ​

ITN Business will produce a news style programme Urban Evolution: Our Future Cities to be launched at the Net Zero Festival, the 22nd – 23rd October 2024. ​Presented by Broadcaster and Anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota, in ITN’s London studio, the programme will focus on the organisations leading the way when it comes to:

  1. Creating more resilient, affordable and accessible cities
  2. The innovative solutions to cut carbon emissions
  3. Initiatives to promote good mental, physical and social health

We will share powerful case study led stories and highlight the impact on the ground these innovations and solutions have on individuals and communities. Urban Evolution: Our Future Cities will also feature insightful interviews from industry thought leaders Business Green, Smart Cities Council, UK100, UK Green Building Council and the World Green Building Council.

The programme will be hosted on the ITN Business content hub and will be promoted across digital channels alongside a campaign with The Economist. ​

There are commercial opportunities for leading organisations to be featured in the programme and spearhead their own news item. If your organisation wants to share what you stand for and be part of this important conversation about the future of our cities, please contact our ITN Business Programming Directors, Jeff Blackmore or Tamsin Luck.

*Source: World Economic Forum