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A worldwide challenge

Every second, the world's cities grow by two people. How can they reduce their environmental impact despite population growth?

In the years to come, urban communities will face explosive growth, not only in population but also in geographical size and economic output. With cities already generating around 80% of the global gross domestic product, it becomes obvious that they will be the backbone for economic growth and prosperity in the future. Our goal is to help cities evolve, and to offer them strategies and tools to ensure that they will become social, cultural and economic hubs.

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Report on Seoul's transition toward a sustainable city

The report has modeled the impacts of some unprecedented investments in 46 transport, buildings and energy technologies that deliver over 23% greenhouse gas savings by 2020.

City Performance Tool

Adaptiveness becomes paramount

All over the world, cities are shaped by profound forces: their population, their technologies and their infrastructures. Even today, these forces collide and urbanization and climate change will spur dramatic changes in metropolitan areas. Cities need to pave the way for constant evolution: digital technologies are becoming increasingly important and urban infrastructures and buildings require a more efficient and sustainable setup.

These changing environments set free a swarm of urban challenges: Developed cities for instance need to focus on cutting carbon emissions, improving efficiency in infrastructure and buildings, stimulating a market shift towards cleaner vehicles and more efficient and environmentally friendly public transportation. At the same time, infrastructure quality in many advanced economies is deteriorating. Looking forward to 2030, more than $50 trillion will need to be invested in infrastructure globally to keep up with GDP and population growth.

Cities in emerging markets on the other hand face issues such as power outages and inadequate public transport and roads, which brake on growth and development. Infrastructures cannot be built fast enough to keep pace with economic and urban development. In times of constrained budgets city leaders carefully need to identify their infrastructure investments ensuring that their investments address their environmental and economic priorities. Technologies need to be adapted to serve local needs to ensure that the right technologies are applied in the right environments, tailored to the specific characteristics of the individual city.

City Performance Tool

The Siemens City Performance Tool

To tackle these questions, Siemens has developed an interactive and comprehensive tool – the City Performance Tool (CyPT). It gives guidance to a city on how to achieve their environmental targets while providing an indication on how each infrastructure-related decision will influence job creation and the infrastructure sector growth.

 

The City Performance Tool

  • is a leading-edge simulation tool that can be used in many different decision-making scenarios
  • evaluates buildings, transport and energy technologies in a city through more than 70 technologies deployed at the desired time period and required implementation level
  • measures the impacts of a city’s strategic plans, and compare traditional methods with state-of-the-art technologies
  • determines the implementation rate needed for any city to meet its future environmental targets
  • reports both environmental and economic KPIs across transport, building and energy sectors

The City Performance Tool of Siemens shows a way forward by going beyond a simple carbon footprint. The inclusion of further pollutants (PM10 and NOx) and further sustainability dimensions (cost efficiency and job creation) goes definitely in the right direction.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner, Chair of Sustainable Engineering, TU Berlin

City Performance Tool reports

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City Performance Tool

Every city is different in its own way. Understanding this local context is essential for delivering the right infrastructure solutions. Technologies need to be tailored to the specific requirements of each city. The City Performance Tool considers over 400 data points and more than 70 different technologies, evaluating buildings, transport and energy technologies in a city.

The City Performance Tool compiles data from publicly available municipal and national sources from 2012 to 2015.

Cities on the move

Identifying infrastructure solutions

Siemens went on a global journey and visited cities of all shapes and sizes to show how different the right technologies for each and every city can be. Every event was different – follow our bloggers as they reported from our Cities on the Move tour from a variety of locations around the world – including London, Paris, Shenzhen and Washington.

City Performance Tool game

Lead your own city

What would you do if you were the Mayor of your city? Play the City Performance Tool game and find out how technologies can make your city more livable and create more jobs. Are you happy with your results? Share your achievements via social media channels at the end of the game!

Siemens Magazine

Urban focus: showcases & trends

Read more about how the City Performance Tool works in practice, about China's urban rejuvenation, and why digitalization is becoming more and more crucial.