Five years after the Paris Agreement, the critical issue is the means and implementation of actions. Dassault Systèmes is directly involved in reinventing a more sustainable economy and taking collective action ahead of COP26 this November 2021.

In order to push the limits of traditional digital twins – which provide the link between a digital model and its physical counterpart – Dassault Systèmes’ virtual twin experience makes it possible to virtually create, design and test multiple ecosystems and their interactions, behaviours and contexts. It therefore becomes possible to explore and predict changing circumstances.

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De-risking decarbonization

Articulating a complex configuration and achieving it risk-free

Thanks to a virtual twin experience, you can design and simulate radically different new sustainable materials, products, and processes in record time: You can be right, but also green the first time!

The “energy transition” goal of COP26 includes the production of more green energy through the use of renewable, carbon-free methods, and the pursuit of increased production without a larger environmental footprint.

Beyond creating new clean production methods, from development to implementation stages, the virtual twin experience makes it possible to model on a large scale the entire electricity grid for a neighbourhood, city or region. The multiple interactions within an energy network can be tested virtually, as well as the production, transport and consumption of different power sources (renewable energy such as solar and hydraulic power), and nuclear power, depending on consumption needs (heating, powering buildings or infrastructure).
The challenge now is to integrate a wide range of configurations and transmission capacities in existing networks and provide an environmental assessment to ensure improvements to the ecological footprint, decarbonization, and the efficiency of one system over another.

ModeliScale : to address urban energy infrastructure

The ModeliScale project uses the virtual twin experience from Dassault Systèmes to manage and predict complex systems of electricity production, management inside a city. 

Green, big or small

Demonstrating the relevance of a combined micro and macro approach

Virtual twin experiences can help imagine new bio-materials at the molecular level, but also design for resilience at the macro level of a city that's striving for a circular economy.

The COP26 “nature” goal highlights the preservation of natural ecosystems and biodiversity through the protection of forests, wetlands and coastal regions, as well as management of agriculture, deforestation and land-use changes. Often seen as being in opposition to human and sustainable resource development, this goal is in fact compatible with the growth of populations and their needs.

This challenge can be addressed by taking nature and natural contexts into consideration from the start. How? From the materials (micro) to the modular architecture (macro), the virtual twin experience gives each level a real contributory and collaborative role, and it incorporates the COP26 “nature” goal into all levels. The priority of preserving natural environments can only be achieved collectively through ambitious projects, in which each aspect is considered and addressed from several viewpoints.

Aurora : Recycling built materials

The Aurora project aims at reducing the footprint of architectural structures at several levels of scale:

  • molecular engineering
  • energy waste during production
  • biodegradable
  • re-used raw materials

during the shaping phase (macro), while using non-toxic materials from plants (micro).

Upstream not downstream

Inspiring bold solutions with an understanding of the current context

Most of today’s technology is about footprinting the impact of products/services/processes post-facto for reporting purposes. 

The COP26 “adaptation and resilience” goal unites all stakeholders–countries, regions, cities, companies, and citizens–in a common effort to reduce the impacts of climate change and take a proactive approach at the community level before creating and installing devices. 

If we want to change things, we need rather to understand this footprint and reduce it before manufacturing anything new. This is where virtual twin experiences can help, by bringing together a complete and coherent set of information available for individuals, and where initiatives can be adapted to climate change within the same virtual environment. The possibilities for intervention on amenities, transport services, and infrastructure are open to both professionals and citizens, making it possible to take quick and collective action to turn bold ideas into real achievements.

Virtual Rennes

Rennes metropole, France, is using the virtual twin experience to address downstream current climate impacts, upstream prediction of new ones, manage and transform its landscape, all according to public development policies with operational needs and consultation with local citizens.

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