São Paulo: how does one of the financial capitals of South America and Brazil’s largest and wealthiest city perform in international rankings of economic development, sustainability and innovation?
- São Paulo's intents of improving its environmental sustainability;
- The global power of São Paulo;
- Innovation in São Paulo;
- São Paulo's startup ecosystem.
Sustainability in São Paulo
What are the major issues of sustainability in São Paulo, Latin America’s largest city?
As the biggest city in the Southern Hemisphere, São Paulo faces some considerable sustainability challenges, such as transporting more than 3 billion passengers a year via its public transportation network, and handling 20 tons of waste per day.
The city’s overall ranking in the 2016 Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index is 79th with a much lower ranking (97th) in the people sub-index. According to the study, this is due to rapid urban growth, aging infrastructure, and a lack of sufficient planning that is felt throughout the city. The profit sub-index is also surprisingly low (84th), considering the market size of São Paulo. Finally, the planet sub-index, which evaluates environmental sustainability of cities, is São Paulo’s strongest pillar in the 2017 study (39th).
According to the 2010 Green Cities index, São Paulo ranks well above average among Latin American cities in the category of energy and CO2 emissions. The city also scores above average in many other categories: transport, water, land use, waste and sanitation. São Paulo’s performance is average only in environmental governance and air quality.
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