China's urbanisation rate exceeded 50% for the first time in 2011. Another 100 million rural citizens will join their urban counterparts fuelling the rise of seven inland megalopolises and an expansion of medium and large sized cities across China's inland provinces. By 2025 China is forecasted to have 221 cities each with a population over one million, compared with 35 in Europe today. This expansion will directly drive demand for construction materials and investment in public infrastructure, forcing government to implement energy efficiency targets and sustainable urban development solutions.
In this Industry Report from Ipsos Business Consulting, we look at the challenges facing local and national leaders as a result of this population explosion, as well as the numerous opportunities which will arise in energy-supply infrastructure, mass transit systems, water resource management and green buildings as Beijing seeks viable solutions to upcoming challenges.