Climate Initiative Essen

Project description

The BMBF competition "Energy Efficient City" deals with the development of implementation strategies for achieving the federal government's climate protection goals for urban systems. In this field, cities and municipalities set the boundary conditions. Past experience and knowldge show that these objectives are not achieved due to a lack of technology or economic reasons. Instead, what is necessary is knowledge about appropriate measures, anchored in a holistic strategy, that can contribute to the implementation of climate change objectives.

There are efforts to establish such a novel climate culture in the city of Essen, which aims at motivating all actors in Essen to consider climate effects. Acting in a new climate culture presupposes:

  • climate conscious behaviour in buildings, energy and mobility
  • communication and promotion of consumer responsibility
  • communal energy efficiency controlling

New innovative and service-oriented concepts for an energy-efficient city of Essen are developed, implemented and disseminated.

Projekt management

Kai Lipsius
City of Essen, Department of Climate Protection

Prof. Dr. J. Alexander Schmidt
University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Urban Planning (ISS)

Project coordination

Albert Hölzle, Julia-Lena Reinermann
University of Duisburg-Essen, Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV)

Research partners

  • Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)
  • University Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Urban Planning (ISS)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen, Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV)

Practice partners

  • Allbau AG
  • Essener Verkehrs-AG (EVAG)
  • City of Essen
  • Stadtwerke Essen AG
  • Transportation Research and Consulting GmbH  (TRC)

Project funding

BMBF competition Energy Efficient City

Project start

June 2011

Project Duration

Until May 2016