Emerging-Market Cities Could Set a New Standard for Sustainable Development

  • Jonathan WoetzelEmail author
  • Shannon N. Bouton
  • Molly Lindsay
Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 3)


A new tool, the urban sustainability index, highlights five themes of sustainable development for cities in emerging economies: industrial restructuring linked to land renewal, green urban planning, use of transparent standards and charges, integrated large-scale recycling, and cross-departmental coordination.


Emerging markets China Sustainability index Benchmarking Growth 


  1. McKinsey Global Institute (2009) Preparing for China’s urban billion. Available via:
  2. McKinsey Global Institute (2011) Urban world: mapping the economic power of cities. Available via:
  3. Urban China Initiative (2010) The urban sustainability index: a new tool for measuring China’s cities. Available via:

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Woetzel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shannon N. Bouton
    • 1
  • Molly Lindsay
    • 1
  1. 1.McKinsey & CompanyShanghaiChina

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