The forum was the perfect scenario for hundreds of experts to discuss how to advance toward more sustainable urban development
Sinfranova's Founder and Managing Director joined one of the panels to talk about sustainable infrastructure and the Envision rating system
Last March, Mexico hosted the first Urban Development Forum. The Federación Mexicana de Colegios de Ingenieros Civiles (FEMCIC) and the Mexican Senate of the Republic jointly organized this three-day event from March 21st to March 23rd. The forum was the perfect scenario for hundreds of experts to discuss how to advance toward more sustainable urban development. As such, a wide range of professionals from the engineering field shared their knowledge, expertise, and best practices on designing appropriate public policies that promote the transition towards more sustainable cities.
The forum's first date was devoted to ecological transition and city models. Sinfranova's Founder and Managing Director, Cristina Contreras, joined one of the panels on the first day of the event to talk about sustainable infrastructure and the Envision rating system.
During her intervention, Cristina highlighted that 75% of the infrastructure expected to be in place in 2050 does not exist today. She also mentioned that approximately 70% of global greenhouse emissions come from infrastructure. Given these two elements, Cristina exposed the necessity of reinventing how future cities are planned and built and stood out the crucial role sustainability plays in this process. At this point, she introduced Envision, a sustainability rating system that allows a wide range of stakeholders to make more informed decisions about the sustainability of infrastructure.
Other topics addressed during the three days that the event lasted included "Equity and social cohesion in urban areas", where subjects like accessible, reliable, and resilient spaces or urban mobility were covered, and "Legal framework", a space dedicated to discussions on governance, regulations, and PPPs.