Cities have a critical role to play in securing a net-zero future. Despite accounting for less than 2% of the Earth’s surface, they consume 78% of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. With global urban populations also on the rise, cities need solutions that help them balance the needs of growing citizen populations, in a way that is sustainable and consistent with a zero-carbon trajectory.
One city - Limerick in Ireland - is working with IES to do just that. As part of the EU Horizon 2020 project, +CityxChange, the city is leveraging IES’ digital twin technology to pursue its net-zero vision; their ultimate aim being to go beyond this to become Ireland’s first “Positive Energy City” - one which generates more primary energy annually than it consumes - by 2050.