Go2Zero is a serious (role playing) game for decision makers – such as local governments, construction companies, network operators, (local) energy suppliers and citizens- who are active in the transition towards fossil free cities. The game helps them experience the consequences of individual decisions and different strategies.  

Go2Zero software


Location : The game can be played in any European city.

Project team : DNV GL, TU Delft, AIM, AEB,Waternet, Alliander

Progress / Due date : the game is being finalized and currently tested

Replication : the game is interesting for all cities and dictricts that want to take action towards energy transition.


Contacts : Ellen Van Bueren (on LinkedIn), Marcel Volkerts (on LinkedIn)

A serious game for local stakeholders in an energy transition

Go2Zero is a serious role playing game for decision makers developed by City-zen partners Delft University of Technology and DNV GL. It enables stakeholders in the energy transition towards clean energy in cities – such as local governments, construction companies, network operators, (local) energy suppliers and citizens – to experience the consequences of individual decisions and different strategies to ‘go to zero’ carbon emissions. By experiencing this in a game setting, you will be able to take better decisions in real life.


Game session

What will you experience ?

In a typical Go2Zero game session you start by determining your strategy: what are your personal preferences and what approach will you take to achieve your objectives. During game play you will execute your strategy and try to achieve your objectives interacting with other players. The session concludes with a debriefing and reflection on your results.
Go2Zero considers the following actors, objectives and measures:

  • Actors: governments, utilities, residents, contractors, housing corporations.
  • Game objectives: reduce carbon emissions, reduce energy consumption, increase renewable energy.
  • Measures: energy saving, energy production, and energy distribution technologies.

Different phases in the energy transition pose different challenges to stakeholders. To facilitate different needs, Go2Zero includes two game versions. The table top game facilitates more interactive sessions where stakeholders jointly tackle challenges in the energy transition. The Go2Zero game software (in bèta stage) features more realistic models and thorough calculations to provide participants with a feasibility check of the measures they take during the game.

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  • The Project

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we've learned by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

  • Our Activities

  • Achieved Impacts

    • 20 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
    • 35,000 tonnes CO2 saved per year
    • 76,000 m² renovated residential buildings
    • 10,000 dwellings connected to a Smart Grid