What are sustainable cities?

Sustainable cities are defined as urban centers shaped to improve our environmental impact and our quality of life and habitation within cities. Green urban planning and management enables smart cities to evolve to create greener and more sustainable urban ecosystems. To give just a few examples a resilient city and urban development are defined by:

  • Green space
  • Solar panels and solar enegy
  • Urban farms
  • Transport and easy mobility
  • Waste management

Why is urban sustainability important?

With a growing population and rising climate issues, urban areas pose significant challenges and opportunities for sustainable development.

The United Nations defined a Sustainable Development Goal which dedicated "to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" because according to them:


68% urban population by 2050

75% global CO2 emissions are created by cities

Additional 2 billion people to feed by 2050

Sustainable Cities > Dassault Systèmes

As urbanization continues, it is more vital than ever to leverage the collective intelligence of citizens, businesses and governments to make cities sustainable, creating:

  • sustainable buildings with renewable materials
  • involved citizens that help define of the city of tomorrow
  • New solutions for mobility, agriculture and greener energy

These are among the key drivers for more sustainable and healthy living that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

To work and develop those aspects, data-driven, collaborative and sustainable urban development planning is crucial.

Virtual twin experiences of cities provided by Dassault Systèmes' solutions enable modeling, simulating, visualizing and experimenting with individual buildings, specific infrastructures and entire cities to make real-world improvements.

What are the major challenges of urban sustainable development?

Urban sustainability has the objective and challenge of improving the quality of life in sustainable cities, reducing the environmental impact, promoting innovative sustainable solutions while maximizing economic and social urbanization.

renewable energy - Dassault Systèmes

Reinventing a greener energy system with distributed production

Energy plays a major part in cities, for mobility, cooling, heating, lighting, and other generic usages. Two-thirds of the world’s energy is consumed within cities; it is therefore essential to re-think our energy systems to make them more sustainable by:

  • Creating self-sufficient systems, with each system generating enough energy to “feed” the next one;
  • Encouraging decentralized energy production with photovoltaic panels or other renewable energy systems, which simultaneously generate additional revenue for citizens;
  • Guaranteeing steady electricity supplies through innovative storage solutions, compensating for the intermittency of renewable energy sources. 
Art work Urban Renaissance - Dassault Systèmes

URBAN RENAISSANCE : Yiyun Kang x Dassault Systèmes in Séoul

Dassault Systèmes shares through Urban Renaissance its ideas for the ideal city.

A 3D video-mapping projected on an emblematic monument of Séoul!

Urban sustainability initiatives

All around the world, companies uses Dassault Systèmes' solutions to improve sustainability in the cities. Find Urban sustainability examples below:


As part of its smart city blueprint, Hong Kong, China government wanted to establish a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI).

Arup and Dassault Systèmes jointly proposed the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to optimize smart city operation and management.

Wanxiang Green Bus

Wanxiang Green Bus needed to manage product information, collect real-time battery cell data, exchange information with the national battery management platform for compliance, and closely monitor the status of the full production process.

Virtual Singapore

The government of Singapore used Dassault Systèmes’ smart city offer called 3DEXPERIENCity® to create a dynamic, 3D digital model of the city and connect all stakeholders in a secure, controlled environment.

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