eea Gold municipalities (re)awarded in 2015

Dornbirn (AT)

46'464 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

Dornbirn was one of the first local authorities in Vorarlberg to prepare and agree a comprehensive environmental mission statement in the form of the Dornbirn environmental programme, which includes specific environmental strategies and an annually updated programme of activities. The municipality has promoted environmentally friendly, energy-efficient mobility for many years: the introduction of the municipal bus system and its integration with the regional bus system has, for example made an important contribution to advancing public transport in Vorarlberg.


Feldkirch (AT)

31'121 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

Feldkirch, Austria’s most energy-efficient municipality, has participated in the e5 programme since 2005. The municipal eea team has implemented a broad range of activities covering all eea fields of action. The city has, for example, developed an energy master plan that sets new standards in providing a solid foundation for future urban planning. Buildings such as Montfort House are concrete evidence of the city adopting a pioneering role in urban planning and development. Feldkirch has also progressively made local public transport more attractive by increasing the frequency of services. Relevant PR measures are employed to communicate all measures regularly to residents.


Trebesing (AT)

1'219 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The municipality of Trebesing is widely recognised as an innovative e5 municipality well beyond the Austrian borders and has been one of the main drivers of the state-wide e5 programme in Carinthia for many years. Its flagship projects include the collection of core energy data with a subsequent consultancy initiative and refurbishment campaign, and the replacement of street lighting and extensive installation of photovoltaic street lights. Trebesing/Carinthia also played a pioneering role in the construction of municipally-owned photovoltaic plants.


Wörgl (AT)

12'806 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The city of Wörgl pursues the long-term goal of becoming energy self-sufficient by 2025, that is to achieve a neutral annual balance between energy consumption and energy generation from renewable sources. The programme “Wörgl – our energy”, which was initiated in 2008, constitutes the city’s core energy policy. With this programme, the city of Wörgl aims to achieve autonomy in energy matters, become independent of price increases and supply bottlenecks of sources of energy, and make an important contribution to climate protection.


Aachen (DE)

249'746 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

The city of Aachen has been actively involved in climate protection for over 20 years. It has pioneered many relevant activities, among them the Aachen Remuneration Model for renewable electricity (which served as the basis for the German Renewable Energies Act), the first solar building façade (STAWAG building), an energy efficiency plan, ground-breaking LED traffic lights and the “altbau plus” advisory centre for new and existing buildings. As part of its 2015 re-certification, the city of Aachen presented its current projects, including the promotion of electromobility, building refurbishments and energy efficiency measures.


Borgholzhausen (DE)

8'700 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

Throughout the past decade, the city of Borgholzhausen has both followed the principle of learning from others and set a good example by implementing model initiatives on energy savings and climate protection within its own scope of responsibilities (buildings, street lighting, waste water treatment plant). A regenerative local heating network in the town centre supplies most municipal buildings with energy from regionally sourced wood chips. The energy consumption of street lighting was successfully halved within a period of 5 years. The Ravensberg Castle educational centre is just one of the highlights in the town’s work towards promoting environmental education throughout its municipal area.


Bonn (DE)

320'128 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

The city of Bonn has participated in the European Energy Award since 2003 and acted as a pilot municipality in introducing continuous CO2 monitoring in 2008. The city engages closely with the North-South Dialogue and in this context maintains numerous international project partnerships with other cities on global issues such as climate change, environmental problems, development and sustainability. The Bonn Energy Agency, which the city launched in 2011, is an award-winning initiative that provides independent, free initial consultancy on energy-efficient construction and refurbishment.


District of Borken (DE)

365'000 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The district of Borken sees its role as that of a coordinator and service provider in the climate protection process and consequently involves its 19 municipalities, its regional utilities, various associations and institutions and other stakeholders closely in initiating and implementing relevant projects. The district administration endeavours to act as a role model within its scope of responsibilities. In this context, it conducts regular staff training events (e-fit, driver training), maintains a fleet comprising several hybrid vehicles, supplies regenerative energy to publicly owned buildings and actively involves the egw recycling and waste disposal company in its own electricity generation through solar, wind and cogeneration power plants.


Brakel (DE)

16'722 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The flagship projects of the municipality of Brakel include several regenerative local heating networks in and around the historic old town centre with its many heritage-listed buildings; a large portion of regenerative power generation (59%); the municipal council’s exemplary action for sustainable, energy-optimised buildings (100% renewable power and 60% renewable heat generation) and facilities (water supply, waste water treatment, street lighting); comprehensive, ongoing support for residents, local businesses and industry through consultancy and municipal subsidies; a wide range of events on energy and climate protection issues, and numerous school projects.


Chemnitz (DE)

244'336 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The city of Chemnitz has successfully implemented a number of climate protection projects in all six municipal fields of action since it joined the eea process. It reduced, for example, its annual greenhouse gas emissions from 7.7 t/inhabitant in 2005 to currently 6.9 t/inhabitant, while also achieving economic growth over this period. Some of the main forces driving this positive development include measures for greater efficiency and the continuous expansion of the portion of renewable energies in total consumption.



Delitzsch (DE)

25'361 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The city of Delitzsch has had a positive energy balance for a number of years already, that is more electricity is generated from renewable sources within the municipal area than is used. This achievement, combined with cross-sectoral efforts to reduce energy consumption for heating, has resulted in a decrease in annual per capita CO2 emissions to only 4.8 t CO2/inhabitant. Having been awarded the European Energy Award Gold in 2012, Delitzsch has successfully continued its municipal climate protection activities. In 2014, the city organised and hosted an international conference on energy and resource efficiency over several days.



Emden (DE)

49'705 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

Emden has gone and will continue to go to great efforts to achieve the Climate Alliance’s ambitious climate protection goals, namely a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. To achieve this, the city will need not only energy-saving technologies, but above all new thinking and a new direction. The city of Emden understands the eea award as both an invitation and an incentive to systematically continue along its path of minimising CO2 emissions. Outstanding examples of this ongoing commitment are the expansion of electricity generation from regenerative energies and the “Emder Model” energy-saving programme of the Emden public utilities company, which promotes the use of energy-efficient domestic appliances and technology.


Enzkreis (district, DE)

191'354 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The Enzkreis district pursues a process of continuous improvement in the fields of climate protection and energy policy. Its new programme of energy policy activities underpins the climate goals the district has set itself and will result in a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions in the Enzkreis district over the coming years. In 2014, the Enzkreis climate protection activities conducted under the motto of “Enzkreis – Climate Transformation District “ received the Project of the Month award of the federal German service and competency centre for municipal climate protection.


District of Lippe (DE)

364'000 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The “Lippe Climate Pact” is the driving force behind the climate protection processes in the Lippe district in east Westphalia. More than 100 stakeholders have come together in this pact to implement a broad range of diverse measures and projects concerning energy savings and efficiency, the expansion of renewable energies and sustainable rural mobility. The Lippe district acts as a model region for electromobility in rural areas under the “Electrical Mobility” umbrella brand. A number of research and development projects are currently being implemented in close cooperation with local businesses, universities and the municipal transport company KVG. The fleet operated by the district of Lippe comprises more than 20 electric vehicles.


Münster (DE)

299'708 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2005

Munster city council has committed the municipality to reducing its CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2020 and aims at a 20% share of renewable energy sources in the city’s energy mix, also by 2020. Developing the climate protection plan for 2020 involved a broad participatory approach as a core component, which ensured that all relevant stakeholders from institutions, policy, administration, associations, business and science were actively engaged. The implementation of the city’s ambitious climate protection goal demands considerable effort not only within the municipal administration, but also among all stakeholders, and needs the support of all residents. Climate protection is a matter for us all, and therefore Munster’s motto is: “Our climate needs protection in Munster ... and you need to get involved!”


Nottuln (DE)

19'903 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The municipality of Nottuln (20,000 inhabitants) has successfully implemented the eea process since 2004 in order to support its numerous energy and climate protection activities. Outstanding projects carried out by the municipality and within its territory include the integration of schools in energy and climate protection projects, mobility management as a core issue, a solar green field plant near a national freeway, in which the municipality and its residents were involved, and the supply of a large portion of municipal buildings with heat from a woodchip-based local heating network (40% coverage from renewable energy).


Rietberg (DE)

28'696 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The town of Rietberg has set itself the goal of becoming energy self-sufficient and sustainable by 2030. However, the city administration has decided to take on a strong model role and intends to reach this goal by 2022 already. The city’s beacon project within its territory is the Rietberg climate park, which serves as an information and demonstration centre for renewable energies, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. Another beacon project in the form of the town’s winning entry to the national “A New Light on Municipalities (Street Lighting)” competition was implemented in Rietberg’s historic old town centre. Rietberg also won the 2014 “Energy Efficiency in Heritage Buildings” competition held by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development with its Emssporthalle flagship project on the energy-efficient refurbishment of a heritage building.


District of Steinfurt (DE)

444'000 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The district administration set itself the goal of achieving “Energy self-sufficiency by 2050” as early as in 2008, and its administration has tirelessly worked towards this goal as a strategic field of action since. The district of Steinfurt has won a number of competitions and associated grants, which have supported its ambitious plans (including a 100% master plan with multi-project management, two LEADER regions, heat register, climate protection plans, mobility master plan, biomass energy region). As a service provider, the district offers its municipalities, businesses and residents a broad range of services (control centre for wind energy, “Haus im Glück” refurbishment consultancy, “Ökoprofit” business network etc.). The district’s building management achieves exemplary results in consumption data.


Vreden (DE)

22'554 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The city of Vreden is a “cyclists’ city”. This development has been based on forward-thinking traffic planning towards a city of short travel distances, an ideal topography and residents’ positive attitude to cycling. The city is a member of the Climate Alliance and Solar Local, has been a Fair Trade Town for many years and was short-listed for the 2014 German Sustainability Award. Vreden is a business location that is home to many energy-intensive companies. The city has actively engaged with energy efficiency and combined heat and power generation in industry for many years. It is currently actively involved in the “Energy-optimised Industrial Estate Vreden-Gaxel” model project of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Montaione (IT)

3'760 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

Montaione is located in the heart of the Region of Tuscany in a valuable landscape. The municipality is ideally located for easy access to the region’s major art cities. One of Montaione’s major strengths is the close involvement of citizens and stakeholders in municipal projects. The schools and the City Hall are all connected to a district heating network fuelled by biomass from municipal forests, achieving a positive impact on local business. The Municipality of Montaione is a driving force for the surrounding municipalities that are following its example by joining the Covenant of Mayors and the EEA programme.


St. Denis (IT)

369 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

Saint Denis is a small alpine municipality that set out on its path towards energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies by joining the EEA programme in 2009. Despite the limited number of people working within the municipal structure, the municipality pursues a deeply committed, effective approach to energy policy within its territory. The enterprising spirit of the local administration has resulted in Saint Denis having been selected as pilot municipality for testing prototypes developed as part of university and regional projects. The municipality of Saint Denis is a major driving force for other municipalities in the region and at national level.


Beckerich (LU)

 2'383 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The municipality of Beckerich has worked towards becoming energy self-sufficient since it developed its first energy plan in 1997. The most important milestones it has achieved over the past two decades include a cooperative biogas plant, a municipal woodchip plant, a district heating network with almost 200 homes and buildings connected, Luxembourg’s first child care centre designed for low energy consumption, the country’s first collectively owned solar panels on municipal roofs, a sports hall with very low energy and water consumption, and the energy-efficient, environmentally friendly refurbishment of many municipal buildings. Its pioneering efforts have made the municipality a popular destination for many visitor groups from all over the world.


Parc Hosingen (LU)

3'111 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The municipal council of Parc Hosingen has for a long time strived to preserve the pristine nature of its surroundings and its rural character through a sustainable approach to development. A wind power plant is currently being planned that will make the municipality energy self-sufficient by about 2018. As a rural municipality, thinking in regional terms is important for Parc Hosingen. Its collaboration with the regional climate team of the Our River Nature Park offers an excellent opportunity for a comprehensive, regional approach to sensitising residents, promoting exchange and developing and implementing ideas jointly under the Climate Pact.


Schifflange (LU)

9'194 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

Schifflange was the first municipality in Luxembourg to introduce a 30 km/h speed limit across all of its residential streets in 2000. Eleven of the municipality’s 26 buildings are currently supplied with district heat from the two municipal heat and power cogeneration plants. By joining the International Climate Alliance in 2000, the municipality undertook to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50%. Schifflange achieved this goal as early as in 2014 through the energy-efficient refurbishment of municipal buildings and the purchase of green power for all municipal buildings. In the future, the municipality intends to motivate its residents more strongly to invest in energy-efficient refurbishments.


Tandel (LU)

1'871 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The municipality of Tandel has taken a pioneering role in combating climate change for a long time. Its new primary school building was connected to a woodchip heating plant as early as in 1998. That project was the first of its kind in Luxembourg and served as a model for many other municipalities, companies and residents. Currently over 80% of the municipal administration’s heating requirements are covered from renewable energies from extensively managed municipal and private forests.


Bern (CH)

137'980 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2010

The eea city of Bern has extended and broadened its energy policy activities since it first received eea Gold certification in 2010. It has enshrined the goals of the 2000 Watt Society as the city’s vision in its energy master plan (2014) and the 2025 municipal energy and climate strategy (2015). The ongoing improvement of the collaboration between all stakeholders within the municipal administration and municipal utilities, and the construction and operation of the Forsthaus Energy Centre, the city of Bern’s beacon project, deserve particular mention. The Forsthaus Energy Centre generates a third of the city’s electricity needs with a high portion of renewable energies.


Dietikon (CH)

25'190 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

Since its first eea certification, the eea town of Dietikon has been making steady, consistent progress in optimising its municipal energy policy. Throughout the current legislative period, Dietikon has boosted this process significantly in terms of both intensity and binding obligations, particularly through its alignment with the goals of the 2000 Watt Society, which have been enshrined in the municipal bylaws; by creating a new energy commissioner position; by updating its energy planning with a greater focus on waste heat from its waste incineration plant; and by developing a management plan for administration buildings. It was therefore only natural for the municipality to apply for eea Gold certification.


Erstfeld (CH)

3'879 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

The Erstfeld power plant was restructured in 2002 and has established itself as an innovative energy supplier since. The plant has undergone continuous modernisation and now produces 100% naturemade star-certified green power. The sale of naturemade-certified power supports a fund for the environmental upgrade of waterways, and the returns from certificates trading fund subsidies for increasing the efficiency of private and commercial properties. The Erstfeld municipal utilities additionally established their own, innovative funding programme in 2007, which can be aggregated with other subsidies. Home owners who achieve exemplary energy consumption are awarded an “eea” plaque for their homes.


Grabs (CH)

7'110 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The municipality of Grabs was awarded its first eea certification in 2010 with a 64% score. Since then, it has consistently implemented measures and adapted its energy policy in line with the goals of the 2000 Watt Society. The municipality has improved its public transport services (half-hourly services, connections to businesses and the hospital) and boosted the share of renewable energies within the municipal territory (electricity 65%, heat 45%, district heating connection to the waste incineration plant), all in close cooperation with residents, industry and businesses.


Köniz (CH)

40'474 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011


Köniz pursues the goals of the 2000 Watt Society and aims to achieve the 4000 Watt Society objectives by 2035. These goals are defined in the city’s energy master plan. Köniz has established a comprehensive system for monitoring the effectiveness of its municipal energy policies and implemented or launched a number of specific projects, among them the establishment of a climate platform for local businesses to exchange information and access attractive offers. Köniz takes a pioneering approach to municipal construction and building regulations.


Rüti (CH)

11'914 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

Rüti – an eea gold standard town! The municipality of Rüti takes particular care to use energy from renewable, local sources efficiently. In order to achieve this, the municipality has been implementing an active, long-term energy and climate policy and aimed for eea Gold certification. Rüti has adopted an energy policy that supports exemplary energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies, aims at the broad substitution of primarily non-grid-bound, non-renewable energies, promotes self-sufficiency in a targeted manner and allows regular monitoring.


Winterthur (CH)

105'500 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2007

The eea city of Winterthur has consistently pursued a sustainable, climate-relevant energy policy over the four certification cycles since its initial certification in 1999. The city’s 2012 energy and climate balance is evidence of the effectiveness of its policies. In November 2012, the people of Winterthur voted for adopting the goals of the 2000 Watt Society. The action plan on the 2050 energy concept resolved by the city council serves as a planning and implementation tool for consistently working towards this goal over the coming years.


Zug (CH)

27'959 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

Since its initial eea Gold certification in 2011, the town of Zug has extended and broadened its activities in the field of energy. Based on a referendum on the goals of the 2000 Watt Society, the town adapted its municipal bodies (including the appointment of a sustainability committee) and launched numerous concrete projects, among them plans for a comprehensive community heating network that utilises lake water. In view of these comprehensive activities, Zug was awarded re-certification with the eea Gold award.