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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.
How can decisions by San Francisco to invest in energy efficient buildings, clean energy, and a multi-modal transport network accelerate the City’s strong record of reducing GHG emissions, while creating jobs and improving air quality?
City Performance Tool
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.
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
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.
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.
Cities on the move
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
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!
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.