Germany: Bad Waldsee Bielefeld Borgholzhausen Bremen Isny im Allgäu Karlsruhe (district) Kiel Leutkirch im Allgäu Ludwigsburg Münster Nottuln Oldenburg Rietberg Telgte Tübingen Waiblingen Wildpoldsried
6'907 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2014
The successes of the last few years have also expanded our experiences and created new structures within the community with precise powers and responsibilities for energy matters. A new policy was developed from these experiences and the old mission statements and guidelines were revised which should serve as the basis for all implementations in our internal community area in future.
1'783 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2018
Assling has distinguished itself in particular through activities in the sphere of energy production. 35 GWh of electricity are produced annually from the four existing hydroelectric power stations. An additional 2.8 GWh of annual capacity will be added to this from 2019 onwards through another additional power station under construction upstream. A total of 4 large-scale photovoltaic plants were erected in 2013 and 2014 on the sunny slopes of Assling – the largest photovoltaic park in Tirol produces 2,000 kWp. Financially speaking, Assling is therefore independent in terms of energy – the surplus production of electricity (four times higher than consumption) balances out energy consumption in terms of mobility and buildings. By 2050 at the latest, according to the current mission statement, the last oil based heating system and diesel car should have disappeared as well.
46'464 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011
The municipality of Dornbirn had already started with the development of a systematic energy and climate policy in the middle of the 1990s. Dornbirn was one of the first communities in Voralberg to develop and decide on a comprehensive environmental mission statement which, alongside establishing basic goals, also contains specific environmental strategies and an annually updated programme of activities. Dornbirn has also been promoting environmental and energy efficient mobility for many years. In the field of energy supply, Dornbirn has particularly distinguished itself on the basis of the sustainable use of local biomass energy. The management of energy consumption in public buildings is also exemplary. Alongside the long years of energy monitoring in buildings directly under the control of the Public Works Office and the publication of an annual energy report, attention is paid to the standard relating to the construction and renovation of buildings.
2'717 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2014
The successes of the last few years have also expanded our experiences and created new structures within the community with precise powers and responsibilities for energy matters. A new policy and new fundamental principles were developed from these experiences which should serve as the basis for all implementations in our internal community area in future.
7'192 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2018
The market town was incorporated in the e5 programme in 1998 and has therefore already been grappling with climate protection issues for a long time. The heating system in the community which was shaped by the existing gas supply was replaced by a local biomass based heating network. All community buildings in the catchment area of the district heating were connected to it. In addition, a rehabilitation concept for all community buildings was drawn up and this is continually being implemented. Over the last few years, Grödig has also become increasingly involved in mobility issues. The town centre was remodelled with citizen participation, a pedestrian priority zone was developed and local suppliers were located directly in the town centre.
1'230 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2018
Großschönau has been a place for visionary sustainable development since the early ‘80s. The first automatic biomass furnace was thus inserted in a public building in Lower Austria in 1982, the first Austrian Environmental Fair – BIOEM – has been held here since 1986 and Sonnenplatz Großschönau GmbH was established in 2004 with its primary focus on “House Building of the Future”. In November 2011, a research centre of excellence for construction and energy was opened, implemented as an Energy-Plus-Building. At the same time as the “House Building of the Future Initiative”, the not-for-profit association Sonnenplatz Großschönau was founded. The association’s vision is to disseminate resource saving construction, dwellings and life more quickly. Five communities in the region also joined the Sonnenplatz Großschönau Association in 2009 and have thereby proven the importance of the initiative for the region in an impressive way.
2'019 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2016
The e5 team of Hittisau community has distinguished itself again since the last certification through its superlative commitment. The community was able to improve in almost all spheres of activity between 2015 and 2018. With the adoption of the energy mission statement and the REKs [Spatial Development Designs], the community set necessary strategic principles in order to also act in future in a target oriented manner. The e5 team’s work was strongly oriented towards this energy mission statement, the goal attainments of which are assessed annually. Thus work on the centre development, inter alia, was further developed, the new construction of the school complex was initiated at the highest standard and the extension of renewable energy sources continued to progress. Another of the e5-Team’s primary gaols is the topic area of sustainable lifestyle and citizen empowerment, with which they want to organise the community in a future friendly manner.
Weißbach bei Lofer (AT)
411 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2018
The nature park community of Weißbach has been in the e5 programme for energy efficient communities since the programme started in 1998. Over the years, the community has always led the way as a good model, so that 100% of community buildings and in the region of 96% of all other buildings in the community are now supplied with renewable heating. Alongside the school’s own solar energy generation on the school roof, which also supplies other community buildings, the community supports new green energy systems. The communal e-motor vehicle is made available to interested parties. The active working group includes broad sections of the population in energy projects and is in direct contact with the designers of the future – the school students in the community.
Bad Waldsee (DE)
20'109 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2014
Bad Waldsee started with the European Energy Award (eea) in 2008 and has clear climate protection goals up to 2020/2050 drawn up in its 2014 Energy and Climate Protection Design. One of these goals is to implement energy transformation in Bad Waldsee. Extra town works were established for the transformation and a local design as well as a feasibility study were drawn up. Through this successful energy and climate policy orientation, Bad Waldsee attained eea Gold in 2014 with a 78% degree of conversion.
336'352 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2010
The city of Bielefeld has worked continuously on its climate protection goals as one of the first German eea communities and implemented many projects. The periodic issue of the CO2 balance sheet shows that a 32% reduction in CO2 had been achieved by 2015 compared to 1990. With the Bielefeld climate protection action programme, which has been updated to 2050 in the meantime, concrete goals to reduce CO2, extend renewable energies and energy saving analogous with federal goals will be established and supplemented with local goals. The nine local spheres of activity “Renewable Energies”, “Combined Heat and Power”, “Mobility”, “Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts”, Sustainable Economic Activities”, “Regional Commercial Structures”, “Consumption and Nutrition”, “Climate Change and Health” and “Climate Awareness” were set up for future climate protection work.
8'835 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2015
Borgholzhausen belongs to the pioneers of the eea process in Germany. True to the motto “Learn from your Role Models”, Borgholzhausen has acted in an exemplary manner over the last 14 years in its own sphere of responsibility (buildings, street lighting and sewerage treatment plant) with regard to energy saving and climate protection. A regenerative local heating network in the heart of the town supplies the majority of the communal real estate on the basis of regional woodchips. The energy consumption of street lighting was able to be halved within 5 years. Photovoltaic systems with storage operate on communal roofs. The town maintains close contact with its commercial enterprises and supports them on an ongoing basis with current information events on energy efficiency matters.
551'767 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2010
Since the last Gold Certification, work has been consistently carried out in the context of the eea process in and around the resort in improving Bremen’s energy and climate policy situation. Excellent strengths were able to be achieved in the sphere of renewable energies, climate friendly mobility, communication and cooperation. The climate protection and energy programme (KEP) 2020 from 2009 and its 2018 update represents an important basis for this process. Bremen thereby set itself the concrete medium term goal to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2020 compared to the 1990s’ level.
Isny im Allgäu (DE)
13'864 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
Climate protection goals were specified for 2020/2035 and 2050 in a mission statement and climate protection plan written in December 2017. Numerous projects and activities in all energy and climate policy spheres of activity had already been implemented. Today, Isny therefore already has over 41% regenerative power and approx. 36% heating coverage with its numerous innovative projects relating to the whole town. Many flagship projects were developed by committed citizens, teachers and students, specialists, industry as well as the town council, such as for example a biogas network with decentralised cogeneration units for electricity and heating production, a currently 4.5 km long heating network through the old town dating back to the Middle Ages, a solar roof area exchange, town and citizen bus, etc.
District of Karlsruhe (DE)
435'841 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
The District of Karlsruhe (Landkreis Karlsruhe), with its 32 municipalities, has been a pioneer in the development of a modern local transport system since the 1990s, renowned as the Karlsruhe “tram-train” model. The regional energy agency was founded in 2008 to promote energy efficiency and the development of renewable energies in the district. While drawing up a climate plan in 2010, the district council voted to commit to 100% renewable energies by 2050. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, not only are municipal properties supplied with green electricity, but a comprehensive renovation roadmap will also be implemented in stages. Launched in 2016, the e-car sharing project is regarded as an international showcase project for electric mobility in rural areas.
249'190 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
The state capital of Kiel considers itself to be a trailblazer in the following range of topics: energy, the environment, climate protection and sustainable mobility, and has already carried out many significant flagship projects. One of the most modern and efficient power stations in Germany will shortly start operating in the form of the coastal power station K.I.E.L. In terms of residential quarters, Kiel is supporting diverse house owners in projects such as the EU CO2olBricks Project or, in the field of energy related redevelopment of certain quarters, with comprehensive consulting services and showpiece redevelopments. Under the umbrella brand “Kieler Wege” [Kiel Pathways], Kiel is organising a continuous increase in bicycle, foot and bus transport in overall transport. Car sharing is used by over 1,800 citizens in Kiel, e-mobility has arrived in the city’s daily routine and new streets are constantly being opened up to bicycle traffic.
Leutkirch im Allgäu (DE)
23'250 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
There has already been considerable awareness of the need to be particularly active in saving energy and climate protection in the local council and administration. In Leutkirch we have therefore made a significant contribution to energy transformation over the years and that was already at a time when this matter was still not as popular as it is today. As a starting point, we considered the local council’s decision to become part of the International Climate Protection Alliance in 1995. Soon thereafter we implemented our first major measure with the construction of the woodchip heating system and the related local heating network in the school centre area. In the meantime, the local heating network has already been expanded multiple times. A major step forward occurred a good couple of years ago when the supply of large quantities of waste heat from a biogas facility was able to be redeployed into the local heating network.
93'536 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
Ludwigsburg has been working with so-called master plans for several years which are constantly being updated. They show the current status for all projects / products and are reviewed annually and the goals set adjusted if necessary. The following have been preeminent over the last 4 years, for example: implementation of the inner city footpath and bicycle path plan, the KliK climate adaptation design, the signing of the Baden-Württemberg climate protection pact, the continuation and expansion of the Energy Knowledge Centre with website, the 2015 Future Conference (with citizen participation, next in 2018) and many EU projects, the implementation of which has been promoted by the town.
309'429 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2005
Münster City Council decided on the city’s climate policy orientation in December 2017 with the 100% climate protection master plan with its strategic action pathways for the coming decades. This is connected to the obligation to achieve a reduction in CO2 of 95% by 2050 predicated on the base year of 1990 as well as to halve the city’s energy consumption. A significant component of the development process for the 100% climate protection master plan was the broad participation projection through the involvement of all significant players from institutions, politics, administration, associations, the economy, science and above all the citizens. The result is a climate neutral vision 2050 for Münster, which should be actively devised over the coming years.
20'137 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2012
The eea process has been successfully implemented since 2004 in the Nottuln community to support the multiple energy and climate protection activities of the 20,000 inhabitants’ strong community from the Coesfeld district in the Münster region. Pre-eminent projects in the community’s area: extensive network of participants for climate protection (including Nottuln Climate Network), incorporation of schools in energy and climate protection projects (including neighbourhood surveys, Climate Day), mobility management as a focus, several community showcase projects such as an open air carpark near a federal railway with participation by the community and citizens as well as a comprehensive heating supply for the majority of communal buildings from a local heating network on the basis of woodchips.
163'830 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2011
Since 2012, we have been attempting to achieve a reduction in CO2 by 2020 of 100,000 tonnes compared to 1990 by ourselves. The town develops an energy policy works programme every year to further develop its climate protection programme in a systematic and targeted manner. Since the last accreditation in 2014, the town has again achieved many things. It was, for example, honoured with the title “Lower Saxony Climate Protection Community 2016” by the state of Lower Saxony for its climate protection activities in the field of innovative drain water heat recovery. Numerous other significant flagship projects in all sectors attest to the significant engagement of the community and its partners in the eea.
28'696 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2012
Rietberg has set itself the goal of becoming an energy autonomous and sustainable town by 2030. The town council wants to achieve this target in 2022 in its function as a role model. Rietberg’s climate park is the flagship project in the township as an information and demonstration centre for renewable energies, energy efficiency as well as sustainable mobility. The green classroom as an energy and climate learning place is directed at young people. As winner of the federal competition “Communities in a New Light (street lighting)”, a flagship project arose in Rietberg’s historic old town. By winning the “Masterplan 100% Climate Protection” competition, the town belongs to the pioneer towns in Germany in terms of climate protection.
19'557 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
Telgte set itself ambitious energy and climate goals early on. One goal set is a CO2 neutral town administration. Telgte has made sure of energy and climate protection issues in the long term through corresponding structures inside the administration as well as a network of strong partners. In its own sphere of responsibility, the town was able to achieve significant energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions over the last few years. A citizens’ energy cooperative operates solar power systems on communal roofs. There are over 30 combined heat and power [CHP] systems operating in the township. Telgte was a prize winner in the “CHP Model Community”. The ratio of renewable electricity generation is over 43%. The town is pushing ahead with extending the environmental network into the sphere of mobility.
85'000 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2018
The university town of Tübingen has been pursuing climate protection and energy saving within its administration since 1993. Indeed, the town council is directly “responsible” for less than 2 per cent of energy induced emissions. This is why a climate protection campaign was started in 2008 with “Tübingen takes the day off”, the aim of which was to initiate a citizens movement for climate protection in order to be able to make a relevant and exemplary contribution to climate protection. “Tübingen takes the day off” has the elements “Town Council and Town Subsidiaries as Models” and “Information and Motivation of the Urban Community on Working Together”. In 2018, “Tübingen takes the day off” turns 10 – a good opportunity to show the urban community with a successful Gold Audit in the European Energy Award what has been successfully achieved together in communal climate protection and to celebrate this.
54'948 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2018
In the town’s development plan, STEP 2030, Waiblingen has formulated ambitious CO2 reduction targets. The town council itself has joined the state’s climate protection pact and would like to become climate neutral. The list of climate protection activities is long and is continually being updated. Climate neutral building areas are currently being developed, where the emissions from heating and electricity consumption are being compensated for through solar energy systems. Waiblingen’s municipal works were already trailblazing because the waste heat from clear water is used for a long distance heating network. In the field of sustainable mobility, they are an equally important partner, inter alia in relation to the development of the charging infrastructure. The town council is also focusing on e-mobility for example in its own vehicle pool but also in the promotion of (e)-bicycle traffic. There should be e-buses in future in the well-developed short distance public transport.
2'574 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
For more than 10 years, Wildpoldsried has been famous as a model energy saving municipality not only in the region, but also at the national and international level. The main characteristics of this are a high diversity of renewable energy production technologies such as wind energy, solar energy, hydropower, biogas, biomass and combined heat and power in combination with innovative models such as smart grids, charging facilities, e-mobility and a variety of research activities. Apart from this, the town’s citizens represent a central part of the whole development. They participate in energy production as well as a variety of campaigns focusing on raising awareness, energy efficiency and energy saving techniques. The municipality supports these activities financially as well as with advice and coordination.
426 inhabitants, since eea Gold since 2018
Planken, the smallest energy town in Liechtenstein, has been certified as an energy town since 2006. True to its energy town slogan “Energy Aware Future”, Planken has designed its development as an energy town since then and can present some impressive results. The community is constantly growing including in terms of population and the conservation of nature and countryside, while adhering to its energy town goals. This jewel on Liechtenstein’s sunny slopes, already renowned in 2010 as a pioneer town on the way to becoming a 2,000 Watt Society, is still on course. Becoming the first Gold energy town in Liechtenstein is therefore the logical next step in its progressive energy policy.
2'223 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2018
Ruggell was first certified as an energy town with 57% and has continually implemented measures since then and pushed forward with its energy policy in the direction of a 2,000 Watt Society. Ruggell considers itself to be a bicycle community. The community cooperates with trade and industry; compact building, exemplary building standards, supply from renewable energies and mobility management are important criteria. Community-owned properties are supplied with green energy (100%) and renewable heating (97%).
32'600 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2018
The second largest municipality in Luxembourg was an economic driving force during the steel era and made a significant contribution to the country’s wealth. Thanks to strong political commitment, Esch-sur-Alzette has changed in extraordinary ways over the last two decades. Having built its prosperity on industrial activities, it is now turning into the national hub of knowledge, research and innovation. A leading research hub is being developed, where creativity, innovation and knowledge create a very favourable environment for jobs and investments. Esch-sur-Alzette was the first municipality in Luxembourg to create an ecological department in 1989; since then many innovative, ecological and environmentally friendly projects have been implemented.
1'718 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2018
The Municipality of Préizerdaul has been committed to sustainable communal development for more than 15 years. It is one of the few municipalities that combines four different renewable energy sources: solar, hydro, wind and wood. The Municipality of Préizerdaul has participated in numerous projects in cooperation with the Canton of Redange.
19'122 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2006
“Our climate is important to us!” With the newly developed 2017-2026 energy concept, the associated community energy plan, the ownership strategy of the energy supplier coordinated with the latter and a new energy regulation, Baden has a comprehensive and convincing action base for achieving its energy and climate goals. Target-oriented spheres of activity are the renovation of fossil fuel based heating systems and old buildings, the conversion of heating networks to renewable sources of energy and greenhouse gas reducing mobility measures.
199'440 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2006
The climate and energy policy pursued by Basel can, like before, be described above all as being distinctly progressive, in some important areas as top-rated. This is also reflected in the energy statistics: A good 30% of heating requirements in Basel are met by renewable energies and waste heat, with electricity consumption completely supplied by renewable sources. With the new energy bill, an attempt is being made to exploit the scope of a socially and economically viable energy and climate policy to the maximum. In particular, Basel thereby continues to systematically focus on renewable energies. Fossil fuel heating is to be replaced by systems which use renewable sources of energy and, with reference to an electricity market liberalisation, it was already preordained that only products with evidence of being sourced from renewable energies or combined heat and power could be purchased.
4'601 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
A City of Energy member since 2004, Confignon actively commits in a continuous manner to becoming a 2,000-Watt Society. The Swiss Confederation’s “2050 Energy Strategy”, accepted by the population in 2017, is targeting this ambitious and inevitable objective to maintain good quality of life in the future. To do this, Confignon is actively committing itself and motivating its population to take part. With its population predicted to double by 2030, the community is in an ideal position to think about and execute its local metamorphosis in a sustainable and efficient manner. Projects currently underway and to come are therefore aimed at better energy efficiency, energy savings and a progressive replacement of fossil fuels by renewable sources.
1'662 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
The community of Fontenais developed and adopted a concept of sustainable development in 2007. To achieve this plan, the community has been engaged in the “City of Energy” process since 2008. Fontenais’ active energy policy was crowned by the award as a “City of Energy” in 2009. Through its commitment, Fontenais has provided evidence of an exemplary and responsible energy policy which it intends to pursue into the future by keeping its Gold award.
24'221 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
The energy town of Frauenfeld had become a role model in the Canton. The regional energy plan, developed with two neighbouring communities, forms the basis for a sustainable heating supply for the town which is binding on the authorities. Several heating networks have been constructed with renewable energies. In terms of mobility, the town is focusing on an extensive conversion to Tempo 30 [30 km/h zone] and a good range of public transport, and is improving safety for pedestrians and bicycle riders.
14'250 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2010
The community of Küsnacht has become a role model in the field of climate protection and has systematically aligned the communal energy policy on this. In addition, existing potential in renewable energy was analysed and numerous projects for its use implemented or decisions for its implementation made. These include small hydroelectric stations, solar systems, green waste fermentation and the construction of a large heating network from treated sewage as well as a smaller one from untreated sewage. The community actively involves the population in the energy policy and executes the relevant applications of the municipal assembly.
137'100 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2004
Preserving the City of Energy accreditation is, for Lausanne, a guarantee of excellence and coherence of measures taken in an energy and urban context. It is also a way of prolonging the international promotion endeavours of Lausanne’s energy policy.
1'524 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
Lumino has reconfirmed its status as a pioneer in the sphere of energy policy distinguishing itself, on the one hand, as the first Gold City of Energy of the Canton of Ticino and, on the other, with Basel, Buchs and Zurich, as a “City of Energy on the way to a 2,000 Watt Society. An arrival point but also an incentive to continue on this path to contribute to promoting sustainable development indispensable to guarantee the future of the next generation. Receiving Gold City of Energy certification and recognition as a City of Energy on the road to a 2,000 Watt Society is a goal, but also and above all an additional stimulus to continue to work and “be an example”, implementing concrete measures and raising awareness to promote an increase in respect and consideration for the precious and limited resources of our planet.
17'836 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2010
The town of Martigny has been investing in energy savings and the efficient management of installations and networks for more than twenty years already. The creation of a centre of energy and municipal research (CREM) has allowed it to assert itself at a regional, national and international level. Moreover, the community has developed and realised projects to facilitate the development of renewable energies, both to produce electricity and supply heat. Thus, in its area, it has hydroelectric power stations, wind turbines, solar installations to produce electricity and heat and 4 district heating systems. The community’s industrial services: Sinergy has known how to exploit and develop these different kinds of energies and has objectives aimed at increasing renewable energies in the short, medium and long term, while encouraging energy savings.
23'324 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
Meyrin is the first City of Energy of the Canton of Geneva to have obtained certification in 2002. Nowadays, major accomplishments have definitively made Meyrin part of the energy transition required to develop our societies. Entire parts of the communal district are involved, whether it be by the substitution of individual oil-fired installations by a heating network used by the whole town, the realisation of an eco-district which has, to date, already welcomed around half the 3,000 inhabitants expected by 2020, the actual implementation of industrial ecology projects in partnership with enterprises and various cantonal authorities or the construction and exemplary renovation of both public and private buildings.
12'620 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2009
Münsingen is a pioneering energy town. Interested citizens had already established an “Energy Panel of Experts” in the mid-1980s. The first communal energy plan arose from this, which was approved by the town council in 1989. Münsingen was and is repeatedly a pilot community in energy projects in the Canton of Bern. Münsingen was the first community in the Canton of Bern to receive certification as an energy town in 1998 and Gold certification in 2009 and 2014. With energy relevant projects, activities and events over the last four years, Münsingen has continued to be committed to all six areas of an energy town in a most exemplary manner.
18'863 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2018
The town of Onex was certified a City of Energy for the first time in 2005. Since then, it has been recertified twice. In an unfavourable socio-economic context, it has not stopped developing and establishing its energy strategy by relying on the commitment of its administration. Thanks to this motivation, a spirit of innovation and the will to take advantage of synergies, activities and projects have seen the light of day over time. At present we are committed to not “looking for” Gold certification at any price in 2017, but to merit it by continuing our committed work in terms of sustainable development and improvement of our energy programme. In 2017, we have been able to note that our capacity to respond to the requirements of the City of Energy specifications has stabilised in a progressive manner.
6'687 inhabitants, eea Gold since 2014
The community of Porrentruy has conducted an exemplary energy policy for many years. It has had occasion to implement specific programmes on the energy issue and has developed ambitious programmes such as Smart City. To implement its energy policy, a new heating power plant was constructed: this comprises wood power of 7.5 MWth and electricity production of 1.3 MWe. The community has also introduced Energo and smart monitoring for managing its buildings allowing real time monitoring to optimise facilities to the maximum. Finally, mobility is an important point for the community and it has equipped itself with a new plan for transport and parking to plan mobility changes in years to come.