Leipzig’s Climate Protection Programme
Energy and Climate Protection Programme 2014-2020 - Leipzig Makes Plans for Sustainability
As the foundation for updating the 2005 Climate Protection Programme (approved in February 2005), in 2011 the city of Leipzig generated an Energy and Climate Protection Plan. The plan includes the following core concepts:
- As-Is analysis of energy availability and use in the areas of economics, communal requirements, household consumption and transportation;
- Emission balance;
- Potential analyses for energy conservation, energy efficiency, fossil fuels and renewable energy; trend and action scenarios for 2020, 2030 and 2050;
- Instruments and Measures Catalogue;
- Vision scenario for 100% renewable energy use.
The new Leipzig Energy and Climate Protection Programme for 2014-2020 (ESKP; Energie- und Klimaschutzprogramm) was approved by the City Council in May 2014.
The EKSP consists of an analysis section, Part A, which sets forth the targets of the energy and climate protection processes, and a measure section, Part B, which lists over 100 different measures to be implemented in the areas of urban development and land-use planning, communal buildings and facilities, supply and disposal, mobility, internal organisation and communication/cooperation. The measure section of the EKSP is, as an energy-related work programme, also an important component of the eea process.
European Energy Award - European Climate Protection Policies in Municipalities
On the basis of a resolution by the 44th Council meeting (number IV-1137/08 from March 19, 2008), the city of Leipzig is participating in the Europe-wide certification system known as the "European Energy Award" (eea).
The European Energy Award is the European quality management system and certification process with which a municipality's activities in the areas of energy and climate protection can be documented, evaluated, planned, directed and regularly tested, in order to better identify and implement opportunities for energy conservation, thereby enabling sustainable climate protection.
More than 800 municipalities in Europe participate in the European Energy Award. In Germany alone, more than 200 municipalities have challenged themselves to meet the requirements for external certification.
The eea in Saxony is supported by the Saxon energy agency SAENA GmbH.
From Concept to Programme: Climate Policy in Leipzig
As early as 1992, Leipzig began working on its energy concept.
Opportunities for energy reduction, possibilities for ecologically responsible renovation of obsolete energy systems as well as the potential for use of renewable energy sources were developed and, using appropriate measures, implemented.
In February 2005, a resolution of the City Council for a "Leipzig 2005 Climate Protection Programme" ("Klimaschutzprogramm der Statdt Leipzig 2005") was adopted, thus creating an official platform for the programme.
Climate Protection Programme: Areas of Responsibility
- climate protection in urban development and land-use planning;
- organisation of environmentally responsible energy supplies - e.g., combined heat and power cycle and/or the use of renewable energy sources;
- climate protection in the transport sector;
- energy conservation in buildings;
- public relations;
- compensation for climate-impacting emissions