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LA plans for energy resilience

To achieve this, report finds that a modernised grid must be Los Angeles’ highest priority

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Siemens analysed LA infrastructure data through its City Performance Tool
Siemens analysed LA infrastructure data through its City Performance Tool

Los Angeles (LA) will need to transition to 100 per cent generation of renewable electricity and 45 per cent passenger travel by transit and active transport to achieve its 2050 sustainability goals, according to new analysis.

 

The US city’s 2015 sustainable city plan sets targets to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) by three-fifths by 2035 increasing to four-fifths by 2050 relative to 1990 across all GHG emissions sectors.

 

Siemens worked in conjunction with LA mayor Eric Garcetti’s sustainability office to determine the technology interventions that could lead to better smart and sustainable outcomes using its City Performance Tool.

 

The data-driven software platform aims to help cities make informed infrastructure decisions, through the lens of sustainability goals.

 

The tool requires more than 350 data inputs from a city’s transport, energy, and buildings sectors. Factors such as population and growth, travel patterns and building energy use factor into the tool’s predicative analytics.

 

According to Martin Powell, head of urban development for Siemens, in addition to the current policies in place, these goals could be achieved through the implementation of 11 transportation and four building technologies. “The implementation will result in nearly 70 per cent emissions reductions by 2035, more than 85 per cent reductions by 2050 and 1.8 million jobs,” he said.

 

The 11 transportation technologies identified include several electric mobility options including electric cars, electric buses and electric highways.

 

The uptake of these technologies would drive up transportation electricity consumption by 1,500 per cent by 2050. Therefore, the report finds that a modernised grid must be the highest priority for the city.

 

In addition, software must be implemented to understand when, where and why electricity is being used and providing predictive analytics for grid maintenance. With the implementation of this infrastructure, the city would achieve its sustainability goals, increase resiliency, and improve the quality of life of LA residents, said Siemens.

 

Introduced in 2015, Siemens claims a growing list of cities are implementing its City Performance Tool to leverage data for infrastructure decision-making plans and programmes as part of their broader sustainability initiatives.

 

US cities currently testing or using the tool include Boston, Charlotte, Minneapolis, New Bedford, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland, Riverside, San Francisco, and Washington.

 

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