Climate Protection Concept for the borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf in Berlin


The Borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf has been active in climate protection already for many years. The activities that have already been carried out include:

- Information, advice and education on the topic of building renovation to save energy and energy efficient building from Aktionskreis Energie e.V.,

- Energy efficiency in the Borough’s housing stock. The targets set to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 % by 2010 compared to 1990 levels were almost achieved.

- Proactive awareness raising in cooperation with church groups, the Aktionskreis Energie e.V. and an adult education centre.

As the borough wanted to do more to prevent climate change, it was decided to shift priorities to open up new opportunities to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The actions taken in the borough so far were lacking a sound foundation provided by reliable data and information.

Therefore B.&S.U. mbH, in cooperation with Borchert GeoInfo GmbH, was commissioned in order to create an integrated climate protection concept for the borough to tackle these issues. Important information (e.g. structure of residential buildings, renewable energy) was gathered, an energy and CO2 balance was created and potential opportunities according to sectors were identified. This enabled stakeholder within the administration and in the borough to reach an agreement on what further action should be taken.

The CO2 emissions were reduced by 3.8%: from 2,333,400 t in 2003 to 2,245,400 t in 2009. The per capita emissions thus dropped from 8.09 t/a in 2003 to 7.64 t/a in 2009. It was calculated that about 20% or 500,000 t CO2 can be avoided per year till 2020.

As part of creating the concept, B.&S.U. mbH is organising and encouraging increased participation of important institutions and stakeholders in the borough. A climate protection working group was established to advise the project from the very start. In four meetings, methodological questions and (interim) results were discussed, suggestions for activities were developed and priorities were set. In addition, the 5th Future Congress Steglitz-Zehlendorf 2011 was dedicated to discuss and provide advice on climate protection measures and activities.

An action programme with 35 activities was developed containing cost estimates, potential opportunities for increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions, defining areas of responsibility and the first steps of action. 15 of these measures will be implemented between 2012 and 2015.

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Contact: Mr André Butz