A new study was released by Siemens outlining key technologies that could support Adelaide in becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city, cutting emissions by about 56% over the next decade.
Siemens’ proprietary model, 'City Performance Tool' was used to evaluate over 700 data inputs from the population, transportation networks, commercial and residential buildings, energy networks and over 70 technologies currently being used in Adelaide. It's functionality provides city managers and planners a unique view of their city and helps identify areas of greatest need and effectiveness for better resource allocation.
The report was released at'Mapping the Journey to a Low Carbon Future', a Committee for Economic Development (CEDA) event on Sustainable Energy. It was officially handed over by visiting global Siemens Member of Managing Board Dr. Roland Busch.
Speaking at the launch of the report, Premier Jay Weatherill said that Adelaide’s transition to a zero net emissions economy will give it a competitive advantage.
“South Australia has an opportunity to place itself at the forefront as a global leader in transitioning to a low carbon economy.
"Sustainability and economic prosperity can be achieved through well-planned and measurable action based solidly on data and figures. For Adelaide, this translates into a framework to promote alternative mobility, cost-effective renewable energy and better optimisation of existing infrastructure,” said Premier Weatherill.
“We have a unique opportunity to do something that’s good for the environment, good for the economy and good for the city.”
Lord Mayor Haese said the target to be the world’s first carbon neutral city is an ambitious one, but the report and the right partners will help them get there.
"Being the world’s first carbon neutral city is not only an environmental imperative but an economic opportunity of the future. I’m pleased to be part of this exciting initiative.”
The City Performance Tool provides an integrated simulation IT platform to accurately forecast the impact of urban infrastructure technologies. Dr. Busch said that smarter use of data helps inform cities as they make sustained and targeted investments to improve city infrastructure.