Sustainable Future Cities

Europe is the most urbanized region with 76% of its population living in cities. By 2025 2/3 of the Chinese population will live in cities which represents +6 New York Cities to be build, +50 M people getting urbanized per year or +13 M people moving to cities per 0.1% of GDP growth. In the context of the partnership between EU and China it is a win-win situation where China learns from EU best Practices while EU provide technical and consulting support. The Key success factor is a Sustainable development for cities and rural areas such as the concept of Smart Cities developed at Expo in Shanghai in 2010. In these models, opportunities are created from the design AND the implementation phase.


EmTDLab's Key message for this type of projects is to make it effective. Hence our approach focuses on:

  • R&D Cooperation on sustainability: waste, energy, resources, ..
  • Urban renewals - Sewage, piping, landscape of cities
  • Excellence in Project Management - Urban Strategy & Planning
  • Set-up of Policies with governments - local authorities
  • Apply the most advanced technologies - technology scouting

Energy Efficient Buildings

Environmental concerns, growing public pressure and regulatory measures are changing the way people do business around the world. Consumers and shareholders are increasingly demanding environmentally-friendly products and services that are delivered by socially responsible companies. It is becoming increasingly important for organisations to demonstrate that not only their philosophies but also their investment strategies and day-to-day operations are sustainable. 


EmTDLab has established the following methodology to assess the energy performance of your buildings:

  • Conduct an environmental review considering all environmental aspects of the organisation’s activities, products and services, methods to assess these, its legal and regulatory framework and existing environmental management practices and procedures.  
  • In the light of the results of the review, establish an effective environmental management system aimed at achieving the organisation’s environmental policy defined by the top management. The management system needs to set responsibilities, objectives, means, operational procedures, training needs, monitoring and communication systems.  
  • Carry out an environmental audit assessing in particular the management system in place and conformity with the organisation’s policy and programme as well as compliance with relevant environmental regulatory requirements.  
  • Provide a statement of its environmental performance which lays down the results achieved against the environmental objectives and the future steps to be undertaken in order to continuously improve the organisation’s environmental performance.  

Self-Cleaning Surfaces

Several techniques are known for the patterning of hydrophobic surfaces through the use of molded polymers and waxes, by physical processing methods such as ion etching and compression of polymer beads, and by chemical methods such as plasma-chemical roughening, which can all result in ultra-hydrophobic coatings. While these surfaces are effective self-cleaners, they suffer from a number of drawbacks which have so far prevented widespread application. Batch processing a hydrophobic material is a costly and time consuming technique, and the coatings produced are usually hazy, precluding applications on lenses and windows, and fragile materials. The second class of self-cleaning surfaces are hydrophilic surfaces which do not rely solely on the flow of water to wash away dirt. These coatings chemically break down dirt when exposed to light, a process known as photocatalysis. Despite the commercialization of a hydrophilic self-cleaning coating in a number of products, the field is far from mature.Therefore at EmTDLab we continue to investigate into the fundamental mechanisms of self-cleaning and characterizations of new coatings.