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Cities jump ahead in the race to net zero using digital twin and simulation technologies.

Submitted by Robyn Francis on July 31, 2023

SIRADEL provides innovative solutions that leverage digital twins and advanced simulation capabilities, to support cities and regions in designing implementation-ready and efficient climate action plans.

In the urgent race against climate change, cities are developing and implementing climate action strategies to reduce GHG emissions and combat risks such as extreme heat and flooding. To support these initiatives, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing local governments with funding through the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant, with the goal of updating and implementing Climate Action Plans (CAPs) that will ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase climate resilience.

In order to develop and implement impactful CAPs, cities need a clear picture of their current situation and a vision of what the future might look like to better prioritize actions according to their carbon emissions reduction and climate resilience objectives.

Digital twin and simulation technologies can be applied to climate action planning – and this is exactly what SIRADEL has recently proposed to cities across the United States. With a three-step methodology, SIRADEL produces and leverages digital twins to help cities: 1) Assess the current situation and better understand local greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, air quality, and more. 2) Prioritize strategies by simulating climate action scenarios and analyzing their impacts on KPIs. 3) Monitor progress and communicate key CAP initiatives with stakeholders through user-friendly web and mobile applications.

For example, digital twins help leaders make data-informed decisions about sustainable transportation and energy efficiency policies. If a city aims to create new bus lanes or pedestrianized streets to reach their goals of reducing individual vehicle usage, the digital twin can identify the optimal network configuration using traffic data and simulations and estimate the reduction in carbon emissions as a result of this initiative. Similarly, to increase the energy efficiency of the built environment – a key lever in most CAPs – digital twins can be used to visualize current energy consumption and related emissions, simulate solar exposure and thermal leakage, and thereby identify the candidate buildings for renovation or solar panel installation.

Urban transformation projects can be simulated and analyzed at various scales, from the entire region to a specific building. Digital twins also help cities approach climate action planning from an equity lens by providing a holistic view of the city to ensure climate action initiatives don’t marginalize already vulnerable populations.

With its systemic approach and long-term experience accompanying cities worldwide in their decarbonization process, SIRADEL helps cities move the needle forward and quickly begin implementing climate action plans that work, ultimately contributing to a more carbon-neutral and resilient world where our communities and the planet all thrive.

SIRADEL is an international company with over 30 years of expertise in geodata production, 3D digital twins, wireless and network infrastructure planning, and smart city planning. A subsidiary of ENGIE – a global leader in low-carbon energy solutions – SIRADEL provides private and public sector clients with innovative solutions to visualize and simulate future projects to accelerate the transition towards a more connected, carbon-neutral, and resilient world that positively impacts our communities and the planet.

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