Global megatrends drive our sustainability

Global megatrends drive our business

The direction and shape of the global lift and escalator industry are driven by four megatrends: urbanisation, changing demographics, the increasing importance of safety, and concern for the environment.

We contribute to sustainable urban development by developing energy-efficient solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely and without waiting in urban environments.

Rapid urbanisation
Urbanisation is the single most important megatrend for the lift and escalator industry and it is expected to drive demand for years to come. Already, the world's urban population exceeds the world's rural population. The continuing concentration of people in urban areas will increase the importance of enabling people to move efficiently from one point to another. More people will need to move through the same space at the same time. Buildings will be built higher and the flow of people inside them will need to be managed as efficiently as possible.

Aging urban population 

The global demographic structure is changing. In particular, the world’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate. The growing number of older people raises the importance of accessibility in buildings and urban infrastructure. A lift can help elderly residents live in their apartments longer, facilitate the lives of all residents in the building, as well as add value to an existing property. Our solutions can help make cities more accessible for everyone.

Importance of safety
Urban infrastructure systems in certain markets are aging. National and international safety codes and standards play a key role in determining the safety level of lifts and escalators and are a strong driver for modernisation demand. Particularly in Europe, many countries have adopted strict standards for safety and modernisation in recent years.

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Concern for the environment

Buildings consume approximately 40% of the world’s energy, and lift and escalators can account between 2%-10% of the energy consumption of an individual building. The lift and escalator industry can play a vital role in helping to counter climate change and its negative effects by providing innovative solutions that help to reduce the energy consumption of buildings.

We aim to be the industry-leader in eco-efficiency. Our long-term environmental objectives are to further improve the eco-efficiency of our solutions, modernise existing lifts and escalators to make them more energy-efficient, and to further reduce the environmental impact of our operations – especially our operational carbon footprint.

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Our vision and strategy

Our strategy is to deliver a performance edge to our customers by creating the best user experience with innovative People Flow® solutions.

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Corporate responsibility

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