Postcards from the World Cities Project: Hannover

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How does a city, such as Hannover, continue to be a regional leader in sustainable urban infrastructure despite already implementing ambitious targets and measures to achieve carbon neutrality? Simple, become a global leader. Hannover was one of the first the first municipalities in Germany to set, and then meet, visionary objectives for climate protection and has recently gone on to win numerous national and international acclaim for its many activities.

Hannover’s formula to mix local and regional partners with private businesses to achieve targets has proved to work throughout the decades. Through their Master Plan 100% for Climate Protection and Klima Allianz, Hannover has succeeded in becoming a globally recognized sustainable city.

Master Plan 100 % for the Climate Protection

In 2012, the Board of Trustees Climate Protection Hannover Region was founded, which functions as an advisory board for the “Master Plan 100 % for the Climate Protection.” The goal of the Master Plan is to see what a climate neutral Hannover Region can look like in the year 2050, and which steps and actions are necessary to reach these goals. The Master Plan is a result of active community participation, experts, and strategy groups. The key activities the Master Plan focuses on are energy supply, economy, building energy efficiency, space and mobility, regional economic cycles, waste management, and everyday life.

With the creation of the Master Plan and ambitious targets for 2050, Hannover recognizes that it is necessary for social powers and groups, especially inhabitants, political, academic, and private actors, to work together to achieve these goals. Hannover works with a numerous companies, associations, and institutions to implement the climate protection programs. Hannover has prioritized education for citizens to rethink behavior and practices and provides numerous consulting programs for inhabitants, including building and remodeling private homes.

Klima Allianz

In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020, Hannover has united with citizens, companies, energy suppliers, and organizations to form the Klima Allianz (Climate Alliance). With almost 80 stakeholders represented from all sectors, the Klima Allianz and its partners are committed to Hannover’s reduction goals. These partners have identified various activities and implementation measures at the local level including renovation and modernization of buildings, construction of energy-efficient buildings, intelligent and efficient energy use, power generation, and education. The climate protection fund provides about 5 million euros per year to fund these energy efficient initiatives in the region, mostly in small grants.

Working towards the third working meeting

Through the World Cities EU-Canada exchange, Hannover’s partner city, the City of Ottawa, has expressed interest in trying to replicate the Klima Allianz and bringing together private and public partners. In the third working meeting, 19-20 May 2016 in Ottawa, Canada, both cities will present on their progress to make this a reality. Stay tuned!