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Winning cities of the competition "Energy Efficient Cities" present the results of their work

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On 11 October, 2016 the winner cities of the competition "Energy Efficient Cities" presented the results of their five year work on improving the energy efficiency on a whole city level funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The final project event took place in Stuttgart and allowed insights in the intensive work, measurable results, innovative technologies, methods, tools and services that can be transferred to other German and international cities. The five cities show ways towards the energy-efficient, resource-efficient, climate-friendly and social city of the future.



Delitzsch has based their sustainable city development on close cooperation with the citizens. A masterplan energy efficiency was developed together with researchers that indicates the most efficient measures for each city quarter. An energy efficiency manager is making house visits and consults the building owners to find the best individual solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. A network of local craftsmen gives further support. In 2015 the city was awarded with the European Energy Award in Gold.


Watch the 90 second video of Delitzsch's approach here.



Hundreds of local craftsmen and enterprises have made climate protection and energy efficiency to their business model. More than 150,000 citizens have sought information about possible measures. In 50,000 cases people were consulted about how to realise possible projects. In 2017 Essen will be the Green Capitol of Europe based on a decision by the EU Commission.


Watch the 90 second video of Essen's approach here.



Magdeburg had the transport sector as focus. Intelligent transport management systems for traffic lights and deliveries with electronic cars as well as improved public transport options will reduce the energy use of this sector. The traffic will be smoother and result in less emissions.


Watch the 90 second video of Magdeburg's approach here.



The city and its partners have developed 100 measures for energy efficiency in cooperation with the citizens. The ratio of renewable energy use has been doubled within the last four years. CO2 emissions could be reduced by 10 percent. Based on the measures the city's new energy concept "Urbanising the energy transition in Stuttgart" was created. The city plans to become climate neutral by 2050.


Watch the 90 second video of Stuttgart's approach here.



Wolfhagen has become a pilot city regarding renewable energy. Since 2015 the city generates more electrical energy based on renewable sources than it consumes in an annual balance. Most of it is financed by a citizen trust. This way the citizens can also contribute with their ideas in the future.


Watch the 90 second video of Wolfhagen's approach here.


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The German version of this news item can be found here.