The world will need up to $67 trillion in infrastructure investments by 2030.
As the population grows, more people will need utilities and clean water, more goods will have to be transported, and more waste will need to be disposed of. Roads, electrical grids, sanitation systems and more will all need upgrading.

The Challenge

More and better infrastructure for utilities, energy, transport, waste management and telecommunications is needed to keep up with the fast pace of urbanization and a growing middle class.

By 2050, global passenger and freight travel is expected to double. Millions of miles of roads will need to be added and roads that already exist will need repair and replacement.

Demand for digital content will continue to accelerate. There is a need for a next-generation digital infrastructure that is safe, robust, and reliable for billions of people.

The total investment required for the energy-supply infrastructure alone from now to 2030 is expected to amount to $16 trillion.

Meeting all this demand will require foresight, planning, investment and innovation that science is helping deliver today.

Source: Source: McKinsey Global Institute; Frost & Sullivan; International Atomic Energy Agency

Where Science Can Help

Science is helping address the challenges of the design, construction and maintenance of modern infrastructure projects with solutions that:

  • Increase the safety, durability and resiliency of roads, bridges, utilities and pipes
  • Enable faster, more reliable communications in a more connected world
  • Deliver cleaner water for communities

Dow's Solutions At Work

Dow products and technologies are addressing the challenge.