Lord Mayor Dr. Eckart Würzner, Elected 2006

Case Studies

Climate protection and sustainability are central to the urban development of Heidelberg. All the city’s municipal buildings have been constructed or retrofitted to the highest efficiency standards. Over the last seven years apartments for nearly 4,000 people were constructed in a net-zero district. The district heating system used by the local utilities is one of the greenest in Germany. And trams, charging stations for electric vehicles and cycling paths are continuously improved. However, if you want to turn this positive spirit from the last few decades into a something enduring you need to have the broad support of the citizens. Therefore, for many years the municipal administration of Heidelberg has carried out a number of projects to raise awareness of sustainability, starting with the youngest citizens – in childcare centres.

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The Bahnstadt Project in Heidelberg 

September 20, 2017 Heidelberg

A new city district of 116 hectares is growing on an abandoned area of a former freight yard in Heidelberg. This area will be transformed into a district which is being developed considering multiple aspects of environmental protection. 5,000 citizens will find a place to live and 7,000 new jobs will be created. This development is an on-going process which started in the year 2008 and is scheduled for completion in 2022. To date most of the areas are sold and the majority of the planned residential buildings has already been constructed. The main project idea has always been to create a mixed space for living, research and work. Accordingly, some office buildings and trade facilities were built in parallel with the residential buildings and are being used by high-tech and science companies. 

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Heidelberg is at the forefront of environmental protection in Europe and has cut CO2 emissions by over 15,000 tons per year in municipal buildings since 1993. The city has developed a comprehensive energy management system for local authority properties and has been involved in a wide range of projects for sustainable development.

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