Global population growth and urbanization

Rapidly increasing global population

According to the United Nations, our planet will host more than 9.7 billion people in 2050: a 30 % increase over the next 30 years (1).


Every day 180,000 people move to cities in the developing world.  As a result, by 2050 two thirds of the world population will be urban (2). And all these people will seek a higher standard of living.

These megatrends can only be met by smarter infrastructure and far more advanced clean transportation. Metals like cobalt, nickel and manganese will be essential in enabling this transformation.

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