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Freiburg sets an example

In the fourth largest city of the state of Baden-Württemberg, urban development took a green direction a number of decades ago, which may serve as an example for other municipalities.

Freiburg has achieved international recognition with its sustainability measures: hundreds of foreign delegations visit the city each year to study the programme, whose success is not guaranteed by a small number of large and spectacular measures but rather by a large number of minor regulations.

The city’s executive committed to green solutions more than three decades ago, and all the mayors since then have continued that work:

  • They invested heavily in renewable energy
  • They introduced Germany’s strictest building energy performance regulations
  • They built Vau, an entire low-emission district, which is home to 5500 people
  • They built many new cycle paths and tram lines
  • They banned cars from the city centre
  • All residents are entitled to free consultancy from the municipality’s climate experts about reducing their homes’ carbon footprint

As a result, the per capita emission of greenhouse gases has dropped by over 37 percent since 1992 in the city of 230 thousand people.

They intend to reduce Freiburg’s carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent by 2030, which is 5 percent over the national target. In order to do so, they will establish a new emission-free district for 15 thousand people, build a carbon-neutral football stadium, extend public transport further and increase the number of restrictions on the use of cars.

Among journeys completed within the city, the proportion of those travelled by bicycle has increased from 15 percent in 1982 to 34 percent today, while the share of car journeys dropped from 40 to 21 percent.
Most of the city centre is reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and trams
Photo: Shutterstock

Source: Privátbankár.hu

Further information: Financial Times

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Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

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BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

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The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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