Siemens City Performance Tool Identifies Technology Roadmap for Pittsburgh’s Carbon Reduction Efforts

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:16 am EDT

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Pittsburgh
  • CyPT report identifies the potential for the City of Pittsburgh to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 75 percent, improve air quality and create 110,000 full-time positions
  • Solar electricity generation, expanding district heating systems, implanting electric buses and car sharing initiatives, and non-residential building automation systems will most help reach Pittsburgh’s goals

The City of Pittsburgh has released the findings of the Siemens City Performance Tool (CyPT), a data-driven software platform that helps cities calculate the environmental and economic impacts of infrastructure technologies. The virtual planning tool identified a technology roadmap to help the city reach its ambitious emission target to reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

The Siemens CyPT analysis illustrates the benefits of linking climate, innovation and jobs to the leaders and citizens of Pittsburgh. Specifically, the report found that Pittsburgh has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 75 percent by 2030 – exceeding its current 50 percent goal, which would not only improve air quality by would also create 110,000 full-time positions through the implementations of these new energy changes.

“Siemens, with support from our partners at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, have helped to provide a critical technology roadmap for energy and resilience activities here in the City of Pittsburgh,” said Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. “We've been learning and applying these lessons along the way, but the City Performance Tool shows that we can create jobs, clean our air and reduce carbon emissions. By investing in local renewable energy, district heating systems, accelerating energy efficiency efforts in our buildings and investing in smart technologies we can really connect the economic and social benefits of climate action. In fact, the same lessons in Pittsburgh's City Performance Tool can be replicated across the region and create a Marshall Plan for the Midwest.”

According to the report, out of the more than 70 technologies within the Siemens tool, the technologies that would best enable carbon reductions, improve air quality and create more jobs in Pittsburgh include solar electricity generation, district heating systems using best available technologies, electric buses and car sharing initiatives, and non-residential building automation systems. The technology with the most overall impact on carbon emissions and air quality was onshore wind electricity generation, which could be delivered through a state or county-led power purchase agreement.

Further, the analysis found that transport technologies, including an intelligent traffic management system, proved to be the most cost-effective way to improve the flow of traffic and thereby lessen fuel use and improve air quality as it is spread across the city. Electric taxis also proved to be cost efficient as did energy-related technologies that improved grid efficiency or reduced direct losses. Still, transport reductions showed the need for immediate and urgent attention.

Pittsburgh began its work with the Siemens City Performance Tool in 2017 as part of the City’s partnership on energy and decarbonization with the University of Pittsburgh. Following Mayor Peduto’s support of the Paris Agreement, the report was conducted to quantify the economic and environmental impacts of Pittsburgh’s proposed energy infrastructure changes, outlined  in the city’s ONEPGH Resilience Strategy. The resilience strategy, developed by the City of Pittsburgh in conjunction with 100RC, uses the city’s guiding principles of development under p4, focusing on People, Place, Planet and Performance to identify Pittsburgh’s pathway for change.  

 “The City of Pittsburgh is showing tremendous leadership in bringing a range of stakeholders together in its effort to become a future-ready and energy-efficient city,” said Martin Powell, head of urban development, Siemens. “Our tool’s findings prove that their ambitious goals are indeed achievable with the right technologies and by continuing their approach toward intelligent infrastructure.”

The Siemens City Performance Tool is designed to reduce the environmental impact of everyday activities. The tool offers city managers and planners a unique look at their city infrastructure and can be used in a variety of different decision-making scenarios. It can measure and compare technologies that provide win-win solutions for unique urban challenges and works on pre-existing infrastructure. The CyPT has been informing more than a dozen city governments to date including Charlotte, North Carolina, San Francisco and Orlando, Florida.

The CyPT partnership extends Siemens’ existing work in the Pittsburgh region. Siemens has over 1,200 employees in the area, which is home to the 23,000-square-foot Siemens Rail Automation manufacturing and engineering hub and the recently-expanded 300,000-square foot Pittsburgh Service Center (PSC), which specializes in field service maintenance, repairs, modifications and the modernization of large-scale turbines and generators. In addition, Siemens deployed its building technologies to help modernize Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center, one of the region’s oldest buildings, and is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to bolster its innovation pipeline and empower the nation’s top talent.

For further information on Siemens City Performance Tool, please visit https://new.siemens.com/global/en/company/topic-areas/intelligent-infrastructure/city-performance-tool.html.  

To learn more about Siemens’ footprint in Pittsburgh, visit https://w3.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies/us/en/cities/featured-cities/Pages/pittsburgh.aspx

 

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. For more than 160 years, the company has innovated and invented technologies to support American industry spanning manufacturing, energy, healthcare and infrastructure. In fiscal 2018, Siemens USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.