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Why Funkeln?

The global covid-19 crisis made it even more important to incorporate resilience into local government strategies. Economy, environment, governance, and society are the four interconnected areas that drive the development of resilience in cities. Since 1975, the average annual percentage of the world's population affected by climate-related disasters has nearly doubled, reaching over 4% or 255 million people in 2001. According to the WHO, between 6% and 8% of the world's population would be directly impacted by 2030, depending on current trends. Hence there is a need to ensure that cities are optimised for sustainable economic activity, energy consumption, and environmental effect. We are doing innovative research and studies to come up with ground-breaking solutions for creating sustainable, smart, digital cities and thereby helping to shape a circular economy. This will aid in the cities' transition to a low-carbon pathway, making them the healthiest, most sustainable, and most livable cities in the future.

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Circular City Economy

Circular economy is a crucial foundation for achieving climate goals. Creating a circular economy in urban areas can have significant positive effects for the economy, society, and environment. Cities are hubs for innovation as they have a great concentration of reserves, wealth, information, and skill dispersed over a relatively small geographic area. Cities therefore have a special possibility to promote specific circular business models, such sharing models, reuse systems, or product as a service models. According to research studies, the widespread application of circular economy concepts could lower the cost of goods and services for the general public. Consequently, by lowering emissions of fine particles, greenhouse gas emissions, and traffic congestion, cities will become more livable.


Integrated planning is required to develop healthy and sustainable cities, both vertically between levels of government and horizontally across all city governance sectors, including land use, transportation, housing, country park, and infrastructure. There is a critical requirement to develop health-enriching city design policy and governance, especially in low-income and middle-income nations. Research study shows that policies related to road connectivity, health impact assessments, a wellbeing centred public transportation policy, and investments in active and public transportation were lacking in many cities. Urban planning initiatives can reduce health disparities and the amount of preventable deaths brought on by air pollution, inactivity, road deaths, and other environmental exposures.

Sustainable City
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