Volume 6, 2023
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Building and District Sustainable Energy Systems|
|Published online||11 August 2023|
Fossil-free village simulation game
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne, Switzerland
2 New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE
* e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 14 June 2023
How can the energy supply of a community be transformed to become fossil-free and thus become more sustainable while remaining affordable? “Sarnetz”, an online computer game implemented by a multi-disciplinary research team from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, is providing possible answers for a specific case in the Swiss Alps. Unique measures for their implementation are discussed, in terms of relative impact on the CO2-balance, sourcing of local energy and investments. Further consideration includes the attractiveness for inhabitants and tourists as well as the business case for a “small to medium size enterprise (SME)”. The simulation is set-up as a game for teaching inhabitants and students. Participants compete as a team, taking on different roles, implementing measures to satisfy the objectives of a sustainable solution. The feedback and assessments from Swiss, Japanese, and Middle East students indicate that this approach could be successfully applied to other parts of the world. Suggestions are given, as to the transferability of the simulation, requiring different measures to achieve a fossil free community.
Key words: Didactic online game / CO2 neutrality / urban environment
© U.W. Schulz and D.J. Johnson, Published by EDP Sciences, 2023
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