eea Gold municipalities (re)awarded in 2019

Baden (AT)

26'294 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The City of Baden in Lower Austria is one of the pioneering municipalities in climate protection. Its current flagship projects include the construction of a small-scale hydropower plant in the urban area, four civic involvement projects in the construction of photovoltaic plants, the establishment of the “bea” e-carsharing service with four electric cars and over 80 participants, traffic-calming and awareness-raising mobility initiatives at schools, the establishment of the BADEN CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT FILM DAYS (held annually since 2013), thermal refurbishments of public buildings, the conversion of municipal cars to electric cars as well as numerous activities with citizens and schools on the transformation of energy systems and climate change. The City of Baden has already received a number of awards for exemplary projects. The high share of municipal buildings supplied with renewable heat from a biogenic local heating network deserves particular mention. As much as 96% of the heat needs of public buildings is already covered by renewable sources of energy.

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Feldkirch (AT)

33'349 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

Feldkirch, Austria’s most energy-efficient municipality, has participated in the e5 programme since 2005. The municipal e5 team has implemented a broad range of activities covering all e5 fields of action and more. The city has, for example, developed a GIS-based 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. The Hochwuhr and Illspitz hydroelectric power plants ensure that all Feldkirch households can be supplied with electricity from a renewable source. The town has also progressively made public transport more attractive by increasing the frequency of services. “We live 2000 W”, a cooperation programme between cities, helps raise residents’ awareness well beyond conventional energy issues (reuse goods, choose regionally sourced food, reduce consumption etc.).

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Götzis (AT)

11'469 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The market town of Götzis has participated in the e5 programme for energy-efficient municipalities since 2003. The energie.bewusst:götzis (energy.aware:götzis) programme with its mascot Frederik, the energy-saving mouse, is aimed at reducing the consumption of heat, electricity, water and fuel within the municipal area by 1% every year. The town has planned a number of projects and implemented various initiatives to achieve this. It launched an energy bonus model to motivate municipal employees to improve the energy efficiency of municipal buildings. Götzis has an attractive public transport system (buses, trains) and a car-free zone around the market. The town has worked intensively to encourage the use of bicycles (Bypad etc.). At the same time, it has created additional green spaces, works to retain and protect the boundaries of built-up areas and promotes local recreation areas and biodiversity as evidence of yet another aspect of its strong commitment to a positive municipal energy policy.

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Großes Walsertal (AT)

3'467 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The Grosses Walsertal region, which comprises six municipalities, has been actively committed to the e5 programme since 2001. The region’s work in this field is driven by a committed energy team comprising representatives of all municipalities and a mayoral representative. Ongoing activities have been characterised by exemplary projects and the active involvement of the people living in the region. Despite its peripheral location and high percentage of motorised private transport, the region was able to implement many mobility initiatives in recent years. The E-Mobility Pilot, a one-year scheme implemented in 2018 with a total of 17 households in the region, demonstrated effectively that a gentler form of mobility with a combination of public transport, bicycles and e-mobility can be successful even in rural regions.

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Trebesing (AT)

1'163 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The e5 municipality of Trebesing is well known throughout Carinthia as a pioneering town with numerous pilot projects on energy issues. It aims to be re-awarded the eea Gold for its implementation of numerous flagship projects, including the collection of core energy data with a subsequent consultancy initiative and refurbishment campaign among private households, the installation of numerous photovoltaic systems on municipal, commercial and private buildings with a 300-kWp system on the Trebesing freeway tunnel, and the development of a new, energy-focused experiential scheme for the fairy-tale-themed walking path in 2019.

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Velden am Wörthersee (AT)

9'038 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The market town of Velden am Wörthersee joined the e5 programme in 2011 and has implemented a wide range of measures in all fields of activity since. In terms of municipal buildings, it has completed many projects on schools and pre-schools, including a passive energy refurbishment and a number of other model refurbishments, a heating system replacement, a connection to a local heating system and the installation of several photovoltaic systems. In terms of mobility, Velden stands out through its shared space along the B83 road, which is the first of its kind and size in Carinthia and therefore constitutes a beacon project that will be extended further in the future. Velden has taken a pioneering role in spatial planning: Having established an external architectural council as early as in 2008, the town initiated an exemplary process to ensure the sustainable redesign of public spatial planning in 2016, following an embargo on new construction works.

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Volders (AT)

4'464 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

Volders stands out due to its long-standing commitment to climate, energy, environmental and mobility policies. Of particular note are the town’s exemplary energy accounting system, user training events, awareness-raising initiatives and the municipal energy balance. Another exemplary effort is the Volders neophyte eradication project, which combines the control of introduced plants with meaningful work for asylum seekers and energy generation by the local biogas plant. Infill developments, the development of the town centre and the practical implementation of the planning and zoning contracting model for energy constitute further milestones. Photovoltaic systems and the use of solar energy in almost all municipal buildings complete the overall energy efficiency package.

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Weiz (AT)

12'285 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2014

The city of Weiz has consistently pursued a path of anchoring an awareness for sustainable living and energy in both thoughts and actions. For this reason, Weiz has been an e5 city since 2007, and it became the first Styrian municipality to be awarded the European Energy Award in Gold in 2014. The community strives to be a role model by setting up exemplary projects in various environmental areas. The results are less CO2 emissions, better air quality and green jobs. Weiz additionally defined a vision and initiatives for 2030 in a SECAP, according to which ecological, economic and social sustainability in all areas of life is to be systematically continued and developed in a forward-looking manner. Weiz aims to continue its pioneering role through ongoing measures, innovative projects and active energy awareness, and it will continue to promote efficient mobility, sustainability and climate and environmental protection.

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Wieselburg (AT)

4'144 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

In recent years, the town of Wieselburg has implemented a number of projects and initiatives that are pioneering in terms of their ecological impact. The “My bag is not plastic” initiative, which was launched in 2010, has had wide-ranging effects. It triggered discussions and resolutions not only in the Lower Austrian parliament, but also among the federal Austrian government and most recently even at the level of the EU, as is evident from various resolutions prohibiting and restricting the use of single-use plastic bags. The “Zruck-Sackerl” (“back-bag”) follow-on project was launched in 2018. With the Sonnenstadt (Solar Town) Wieselburg initiative, the town gave the green light for the installation of eight photovoltaic systems with a total output of 140 kWp on public buildings. The project was co-financed by Wieselburg residents and businesses and drew on a EUR300,000.00 subsidy fund.

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Wörgl (AT)

13'811 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

One of the outstanding achievements of the city of Wörgl is the innovative Wörgl municipal energy utility, which is nationally renowned as an energy service provider, supra-regional (electricity) supplier, pioneer and driving force for Tyrol to achieve energy autonomy by 2050. The municipal administration has implemented not only its own initiatives, but also numerous cooperation projects with municipal utilities and local businesses. The best and largest example is the “carefree heat” project, a local heating network operated from business waste heat and using biomass/woodchips as its primary source of energy. The FloMOBIL carsharing system is another of the city’s major successes. Wörgl’s involvement in research on the Smart City 1 and Smart City 2 projects underpins its position as one of Europe’s leading energy municipalities.

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Grenoble (FR)

163'357 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The Air Energy Climate policy carried out by the City of Grenoble earned it the Cit’ergie award in 2016, which constituted the first milestone recognising all the activities undertaken by the community. Over the last two years, the community’s endeavours have continued to move even further towards energy and environmental transitions. Grenoble is now recognised by its peers as a model city forging ahead in these regards. The Cit’ergie Gold award would represent official recognition of the importance of the City’s undertakings.

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Aachen (DE)

257'032 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

The city of Aachen launched active energy efficiency and climate protection measures about 30 years ago. Its early commitment made it one of the pioneers in the field, among others through 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), the first energy efficiency scheme, first LED traffic lights and an advisory centre for existing buildings. Having successfully completed Gold audits in 2011 and 2015, Aachen has now again applied for the Gold award to demonstrate the city’s commitment to climate protection. In recent years, it has focused on promoting electromobility, refurbishing buildings at the neighbourhood level, constructing exemplary municipal buildings and extending cogeneration and wind energy.

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District of Borken (DE)

369'718 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The district developed a climate protection scheme as early as in 2009. Its Compass 2025 district development programme embedded the issues of climate protection and the transformation of energy systems at a strategic level, and climate protection goals have been defined for the period until 2030. The district’s wide-ranging activities are conducted under the umbrella of the Borken Climate District brand. The district 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. Activities and campaigns are delivered at the district level (building refurbishments, door-to-door consultancy, climate weeks, eco-profit, energy efficiency consultancy). With an expansion of renewable energies comprising a mix of wind energy, biogas and photovoltaic systems, the district’s electricity self-sufficiency ratio as shown in its energy balance is above 70%.

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Brakel (DE)

16'734 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The eea process has supported the energy and climate protection activities of the town of Brakel since 2004. Flagship projects 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 (75%) through a mix of wind energy, biogas and photovoltaic systems; the municipal council’s exemplary action for sustainable, energy-optimised building management (60% renewable heat generation) and facilities (water supply, wastewater 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.

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Chemnitz (DE)

247'422 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The city of Chemnitz has been participating in the European Energy Award® for ten years with growing success, as it has managed to improve even further on a number of indicators since 2015. Chemnitz is currently dedicating a lot of work to implementing its energy schemes for various neighbourhoods, above all the Old Chemnitz commercial hub, which is a representative project. Another exemplary project is the 10-MW battery storage power station for supplying baseline power, which was recently constructed by the Chemnitz energy utility eins energie GmbH & Co. KG. This power station supports the successful transition to clean forms of energy by buffering fluctuations in the network caused by the discontinuous feed of electricity into the grid from renewables. Its battery storage system is currently the largest of its type in Saxony.

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District of Coesfeld (DE)

219'360 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The ClimatePact Coesfeld District stakeholder network brings together over 70 stakeholders from municipalities, politics, business, agriculture, schools, associations and institutions to form an optimally efficient multiplier hub for energy, mobility and climate activities at the district level. The district administration has conducted many outstanding projects, among them on business mobility management (including a pool of electric vehicles for the district and municipalities, e-fitness weeks, job ticket public transport passes and an e-bike funding model), energy-efficient building management, the use of renewable energies (photovoltaic plants, pellets) and efficiency technologies (cogeneration), the utilisation of biowaste including the supply of generated gas to a natural gas network and more. Model projects have been implemented at the district level (eCOEmobil as a uniform electric car charging station infrastructure throughout the district), a PtX feasibility study and the Mobile Munsterland field test (mobility stations, on-demand transport).

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Emden (DE)

50'251 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The city of Emden has a solid track record in climate protection. It has implemented numerous climate protection measures in recent years and thus contributed to reducing the emission of greenhouse gases substantially across the urban area. Emden’s expansion of power generation from regenerative energies is exemplary: About 106% of the electricity consumed in Emden was already generated from renewable sources, above all wind power, as early as in 2013. In 2016, the city’s climate protection efforts were recognised by its inclusion in the BMU programme of the Federal German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Emden will continue to go to great effort to achieve the ambitious climate protection goals associated with the implementation of the BMU master plan guidelines, namely a 50% reduction in end-use energy and a 95% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The city of Emden understands the eea Gold award as both an invitation and an incentive to systematically continue along its path of minimising greenhouse gas emissions in the years to come.

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Emsdetten (DE)

36'439 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The town of Emsdetten works consistently towards intensifying its own activities to protect the climate and environment, to raise awareness of these issues among its residents and local businesses, and to promote communication and networking in this field. With an outstanding cycling modal share of 37%, Emsdetten is a town of short travel distances. The town’s energy balance shows that as much as 54% of its electricity needs are already generated from regenerative sources. Large municipal consumers, i.e. street lighting and the wastewater treatment plant, have been energetically optimised. The portfolio of municipal buildings includes more and more model projects based on energy-saving, sustainable technologies. Moreover, the municipal administration and municipal utilities form a strong partnership.

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District of Enzkreis (DE)

198'110 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The Enzkreis district achieved eea Gold status upon its initial application in 2012. The efficient district administration is continuously developing and implementing innovative ideas. The members of its steering team work highly autonomously and with great commitment to implement over 130 initiatives set out in the district’s energy policy programme of works. The district council is kept up to date of developments and supports the administration’s climate protection efforts, as is evidenced by numerous unanimous decisions. Residents are regularly informed through a range of media. In 2017, the Enzkreis district was one of the first to subscribe to the sustainable development goals of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030. These goals have been integrated into the district’s guiding principles and set out its roadmap to a sustainable future.

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Lindau (DE)

25'253 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The city of Lindau has long risen to the challenge of climate protection and the transformation of energy systems. It joined the European Energy Award in 2016. With its historic old town on the Lake Constance island, Lindau has long been a major tourist destination in the region. Effectively channelling the growing flows of tourists was defined as the main task in the city’s climate protection strategy (2012). In 2015/16, the city developed and committed to the KliMo (climate-friendly Lindau Mobility) scheme to address this issue. A large number of long-term initiatives have been implemented, and Lindau also conducts awareness-raising campaigns to sensitise its residents to sustainable mobility. In this context, activities developed for the European Mobility Week (EMW) deserve particular mention, which resulted in Lindau being the only German municipality recommended for the 2017 EMW Award.

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District of Lippe (DE)

349'069 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 450 stakeholders have come together in this pact to implement a broad range of 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 Electric Mobility umbrella brand. It has a master plan for becoming a 100% climate protection municipality and was awarded the top prize in the Municipal Climate Protection in North Rhine-Westphalia project. A number of research and development projects are being implemented in close cooperation with local businesses, universities and the municipal transport company KVG. With an expansion of renewable energies comprising a mix of wind energy, biogas and photovoltaic systems, the district has established itself as a pillar in the transition to clean forms of energy in rural areas.

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Rheinisch-Bergisch district (DE)

283'344 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The RBK district implements the transition to clean forms of energy locally under the mottos of “Rhine-Berg Energy Action” and “RhineBergMobile -”. As a biomass region with a large portion of forested areas in the greater Cologne area, which has high commuter traffic flows, the RBK district is making full use of its geographical advantages. A regenerative heat supply project via local material flows (wood cluster) is one beacon, and the district’s low-emission public transport network, with first hydrogen-powered buses running from 2019, is another. The :metabolon project implemented as part of the Regionale 2010 initiative has additionally created a public attraction that illustrates energy processing pathways in waste material flows. The project has established itself as a renowned learning, training and consultancy centre well beyond the region. The district provides comprehensive services for its employees as part of operational mobility management.

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Scheidegg (DE)

4'236 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

Scheidegg, a municipality of about 4300 people, is located high above Lake Constance at an altitude of 804 metres. About half a million guests visit Scheidegg every year to recover and recuperate in the spa town’s premium-class sanatoriums and wellness centres. The municipality has made substantial progress in climate protection since it joined the European Energy Award in 2007. The most outstanding measure taken was the construction of a wood-fired heating plant with associated district heating network in 2009. Most municipal buildings, sanatoriums, wellness centres, businesses and private buildings are supplied with heat from renewable sources. Having successfully implemented a wide range of measures, the market town of Scheidegg has applied for the European Energy Award in Gold in 2019.

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Schwäbisch Hall (DE)

40'621 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

Climate change is a global phenomenon whose impacts are spread unevenly throughout the world. As a main contributor to climate change, we need to accept responsibility for those most affected by the consequences of our actions. The town of Schwäbisch Hall has been committed to climate protection for decades, subscribing to the motto of “think globally, act locally”. Receiving the European Energy Award has been an acknowledgement of its long-standing efforts. The sustainable district heating system provided by the municipal utilities with a broadly designed district heating network constitutes a fundamental building block in Schwäbisch Hall’s relevant strategy, and the town achieved a 100% power supply from renewable sources this year already. Apart from generating and utilising electricity and heat from renewable energies, Schwäbisch Hall has defined increasing its own energy efficiency as one of its most important goals.

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Soest (DE)

47'376 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The town of Soest successfully established a sound strategic basis for its energy and climate protection activities as part of its approach to urban development. Ambitious energy and climate goals, supported by unanimous political decisions, and up-to-date, comprehensive conceptional foundations in terms of energy, climate protection, climate adaptation and mobility with appropriate action plans serve as the platform from which the set goals will be achieved. In recent years, Soest has initiated and implemented a number of best-practice projects within the urban area, among them solar and climate protection estates, energy-efficient upgrades of residential areas, and model refurbishments and new buildings. Campaigns, public activities and series of presentations have formed the basis for an exchange with interested stakeholders for many years. The recently initiated ClimateNetworkSoest provides an association structure for stakeholders within the urban area to engage with climate-related issues.

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District of Steinfurt (DE)

446'565 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The Future District Steinfurt – EnergyRegion2050 is one of Germany’s pioneering regions in the field of climate protection. Numerous networks among the districts’ 24 municipalities, regional businesses, universities, municipal utilities and other stakeholders support the highly effective implementation of initiatives. In 2017, stakeholders in the district joined to form the EnergyRegion 2050 registered association with currently 118 members. 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 registers, climate protection schemes, a mobility master plan, biomass energy region, municipal climate protection North Rhine-Westphalia, North Rhine-Westphalian hydrogen model region). Its outstanding current energy balance shows 100% local electricity generation and 24% heat generation from renewable sources.

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Verl (DE)

25'356 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

Over the past 10 years, the town of Verl has become a true flagship municipality for the turnaround in energy policy, focusing mainly on energy savings, efficiency and renewable energies. A regenerative local heating network with currently over 200 users, which also supplies the majority of municipal buildings, forms a core part of the town’s overall approach. With financial investments in renewable energy projects for generating electricity within the urban area, Verl is on track to achieve a carbon-neutral municipal administration. The introduction of 15-minute intervals for a main bus line, funded solely by the town, has made public transport vastly more attractive for commuters. Verl is currently examining an autonomous driving project on former rail tracks as part of the Regionale 2022 initiative.

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Montaione (IT)

3'760 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

Montaione has been implementing an efficient sustainability strategy since 2009. The local administration has developed an integrated system for energy and environmental management, which complies with the international standards ISO 50001 and 14001, and has already achieved its Sustainable Energy Action Plan’s objectives thanks to the ambitious initiatives and interventions completed so far, including the enforcement of innovative regulations for new buildings and refurbishments, the extensive use of renewable energy sources and the promotion of sustainable forms of tourism. However, ist journey is not yet complete, and the municipality has committed to the new EU 2030 goals. It is also in the process of defining a new strategy for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change.

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Saint Denis (IT)

369 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

Despite its very small size, Saint Denis plays an exemplary role in the Aosta Valley Region in terms of energy and environmental strategy and policies. It has developed an important programme for the use of renewable energies, including high-altitude wind farms, photovoltaic plants on the main municipal buildings, an experimental centre for renewable energies and the extensive use of biomass for heating. Moreover, Saint Denis has joined the Covenant of Mayors and carries out regular SEAP monitorings, which have shown important achievements in terms of CO2 reduction. The municipality has accepted the new European challenge and is elaborating on the 2030 strategy for mitigating and adapting to climate change within the eea network.

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Beckerich (LU)

2'518 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The municipality of Beckerich has been active in climate protection for over 20 years. Over the past four years, it has continued to drive the implementation of its current energy strategy and the development of the municipal mobility strategy. The municipal heating network has been extended with the connection of additional municipal buildings. Currently, 93% of municipal heating requirements are covered by renewable energies. Innovative projects such as a food cooperative and local container village are being driven forward.

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Ell (LU)

1'289 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The municipality of Ell has demonstrated outstanding commitment to climate protection since it joined the Climate Pact and has implemented a range of projects by working with its highly active climate team in an exemplary manner. The following projects deserve particular mention: the municipal heating network, which supplies 75% of municipal heating needs; the planning of a wind turbine, which will result in a coverage of about 200% of local electricity needs from renewable energies; the passive house standard applied in the new municipal Maison Relais and sports centre with photovoltaic system; the introduction of 20/30 km/h zones on municipal roads; the promotion of civic involvement; consistent communications with the public and initiatives with the local school.

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Parc Hosingen (LU)

3'495 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The municipality of Parc Hosingen recognised the importance of climate and environmental protection well before the Climate Pact and made it a core issue. Forward-thinking approaches are considered with all refurbishments, new construction projects and allocations of building zones, even in the absence of legal requirements. Local businesses have benefited from the expansion of the local heating network, which is operated with biogas and woodchips from the town’s own forests, and have thus been encouraged to buy renewable heat rather than use fossil energies. Parc Hosingen conducts a wide range of activities to raise awareness among its residents, including the establishment of an energy cooperative for photovoltaic projects on municipal buildings, the regulation of light pollution caused by illuminated advertising and new buildings, and the development of a model energy-efficient building that playfully encourages the integration of energy-conscious action into everyday life. This strong commitment is aimed at consistently reducing CO2 emissions, increasing efficiency and strengthening sustainability.

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Schifflange (LU)

11'178 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

As an urban community, the town of Schifflange decided early on, in 1997, to prioritise environmental and climate protection. Rainwater utilisation, green roofs, remote monitoring of communal heating centres and the use of environmentally friendly building materials were established as requirements to be fulfilled in every project. Almost all of the public lighting system has been converted to LEDs. Private investors in any new construction zones are required to utilise rainwater, provide for green roofs and use roofs to generate energy. Two bicycle paths have been built, and a bicycle hire system has been established, which currently comprises 11 stations and is being expanded further. The ecological rehabilitation of the Alzette river has been a beacon project that has created a vast CO2 sink. The newly established vegetation and water areas absorb 40% of the carbon dioxide emitted by municipal buildings every year.

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Tandel (LU)

2'050 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

Tandel has successfully implemented the climate protection strategy developed at the regional level in 2014 and has already achieved most of the goals set for 2020. Having joined the Covenant of Mayors, Tandel is currently developing a new climate protection strategy for the 2030/2050 period.
A wind power plant, which is being planned in cooperation with the neighbouring municipality and will come online within a few years represents a milestone of renewable electricity generation.
A mobile communications antenna with integrated wind turbine constitutes a beacon project which will serve as a pilot for energy-autonomous mobile phone networks. These are particularly important for ensuring access to communications and information in regions with little infrastructure.

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Bellevue (CH)

3'238 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The priorities governing our actions are to raise awareness, educate and inform the people of Bellevue on how to better manage resources, biodiversity and the environment. Many activities which have been undertaken locally come within the scope of better energy management: replacing old light sources with LEDs, significant endeavours to insulate communal buildings, a plan to install a solar power conversion system on the roofs of communal buildings, increasing the density of soft mobility between districts, facilitating access to public transport (trains every quarter of an hour and reorganising bus lines) and in particular development of a new district, Champs du Château, which will be integrated using all the principles of a society moving towards 2,000 watts.

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Bern (CH)

142'493 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2010

The eea city of Bern has extended its energy policy activities substantially since it first received the eea Gold award in 2010. All management tools of the city of Bern require the implementation of sustainable development goals, the prioritisation of environmental protection over other concerns and the striving towards the goals of the 2000 Watt Society. Environmental, climate and resource protection have long become firmly embedded in the city’s lived culture, supported by the municipal administration’s environmental management system, a subsidy programme via the ewb environmental fund and the ewb’s Forsthaus Energy Centre. Outstanding projects implemented over the past four years include a bicycle campaign, 21 new BERNMOBIL hybrid articulated buses, biogas production from a private company’s industrial wastewater, and the Kulinata food festival, which raised awareness of sustainable food.

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Erstfeld (CH)

3'879 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

The municipality of Erstfeld strives to implement the goals of the 2000 Watt Society, namely energy efficiency, energy savings and renewable energies. It is guided by the Energiestadt/eea procurement and building standards and works to improve its public transport network. The town currently develops new beacon projects and intends to move away from oil.

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Dietikon (CH)

26'719 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The city of Dietikon received its first eea Gold award in 2015 and has consistently worked towards expanding its use of renewable energies and increasing its energy efficiency over the past four years. Particularly relevant in this context are the smart city/energy development area of Niderfeld and the gradual expansion of a district heating system attached to a waste incineration plant. At the same time, Dietikon is developing a natural gas strategy and defining relevant requirements in its municipal energy plan. Another exemplary aspect of its environmental commitment is the presentation of energy issues on the municipality’s homepage and its overall communications with local residents and businesses.

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Grabs (CH)

7'000 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2015

The municipality of Grabs is working to achieve the goals of the 2000 Watt Society. It has increased the use of renewable energies within the municipal area even further over the past four years. Grabs has built extensive photovoltaic systems and expanded the district heating network of its waste incineration plant significantly. Public transport has been improved by increasing the frequency of services. The municipality has additionally implemented a beacon project by establishing an energy education trail and creating an energy workshop for students and the general public. The Gamperfin highland moor, which is of national significance, was ecologically rehabilitated between 2010 and 2018.

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Köniz (CH)

42'220 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

Köniz has achieved measurable success in the four years since the most recent Gold re-audit in 2015 and has reported extensively on its work. The portion of renewable energy used to generate heat and electricity within the municipal area has been increased, while the consumption of heat and electricity has been reduced. One exemplary success in the town’s efforts was the commissioning of the 4.7-MW wood-fired plant in Schliern, Blindenmoos. Several recent activities have been consolidated, among them the town’s communications on reusable materials, its ClimateActive sustainable business platform, the Foot/Bike Köniz! initiative to promote non-motorised traffic, and the purchase of green power on the free market. Köniz also involves private residents through skilful communication and cooperation.

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Mendrisio (CH)

15'567 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

Mendrisio has passionately strived to enforce policies aimed at the protection of the environment since the 1990s by limiting energy wastage, using renewable energies, promoting intelligent waste management and recycling, implementing Minergie-compliant building standards, and promoting sustainable transportation. In 2003, Mendrisio was the first city in the canton of Ticino to receive the European Energy Award. Mendrisio stands for sustainable development and a high quality of life. The city’s energy and climate strategy, outlined in the “Strategie Mendrisio 2030” paper, focuses on the goals of the 2000 Watt Society. In 2013, Mendrisio achieved the primary energy usage per capita target set for the year 2020. Currently, the city is fighting actively against emissions of greenhouse gases, and first results are showing a positive trend.

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Neuchâtel (CH)

33'641 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2006

The city of Neuchâtel has applied for a 6th Cit’ergie award, the 4th eea Gold because it has carried out an active policy for three decades; it has committed itself to the path of a 2000 Watt Society and fixed a target of one tonne of greenhouse gases per inhabitant by 2050; monitoring on a regional level shows that the reduction curve is in line with targets; it is implementing an exemplary policy of cooperation and communication with local players so that the energy policy holds sway over the whole region.

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Reinach (CH)

19'144 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

When Reinach achieved its first award in 1999, the town embarked on a path that is now being appropriately recognised by the Gold award 20 years later. Reinach implements its targeted energy and climate policy through the following activities: The municipality is committed to supplying heat from renewable sources, has launched energy days for school classes, cooperates with neighbouring towns within the Birsstadt Energy Region organisation to work towards sustainable mobility, reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases in its own buildings by refurbishing and converting buildings to renewable energy, and implements high energy standards in new zoning plans. These efforts have made Reinach the first Energiestadt/eea municipality in the canton of Basel-Land to receive the eea Gold award – an achievement it is very proud of!

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Renens (CH)

20'933 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

Since having first obtained the «Cité de l'énergie» label in 2005, the city of Renens has continued to prove its commitment to sustainable development and sustainable energies through its undertakings, which underline and advance these objectives. The 2010–2025 period is key for Renens, the largest town in the Western Lausanne region, which finds itself in the midst of an enormous urban transformation. Large-scale urban and territorial projects present a unique opportunity for the municipality to further improve its energy policies and to move even further towards the objectives of the 2000 Watt Society. Obtaining the Gold standard will drive this momentum even further, both publicly and politically, strengthening the strategies and the efforts undertaken towards the achievement of a sustainable society.

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Sierre (CH)

16'942 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

The municipality has made several achievements with respect to climate and energy projects. It has, for example, established an energy master plan, which allows the city to gain clear insight into existing energy supply opportunities. It has developed a new bus station south of the train station, redefined its parking scheme, developed new low-speed areas, opened a new bus line and installed bike-sharing stations. The electricity supplied to the town’s residents is 100% renewable. The municipality has raised substantial funds for encouraging private energy projects and has created new public events dedicated to energy and climate.

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Winterthur (CH)

114'184 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2007

The eea city of Winterthur has consistently pursued a sustainable, climate-relevant energy policy over the five award cycles since its initial award in 1999. The city’s 2012 and 2016 energy and climate balances are 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 for the 2050 energy strategy adopted by the city council serves as a planning and implementation tool for consistently working towards this goal over the coming years.

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Wohlen bei Bern (CH)

9'317 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2019

Wohlen BE was awarded the eea label in 1999 and has improved its performance in every audit since. The municipality’s outstanding commitment to implementing heating network plants in Uettligen and Hinterkappelen deserves particular mention. These plants will supply a large part of the local residents with renewable heating energy.

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Zug (CH)

30'205 inhabitants- eea Gold since 2011

Since its most recent eea Gold award in 2015, the town of Zug has extended its activities in the field of energy further. With the introduction of an (ISO 50001-certified) energy management system, the town has begun to regularly review all processes relevant to energy and collects and analyses all important energy data. An annual overview identifies the flows of energy and the town’s energy mix. In the summer of 2019, the municipal administration moved into a building which has been refurbished according to the highest energy standards. Numerous additional projects have been launched to ensure that Zug also achieves sustainability in terms of heating and mobility. These include the construction of the extensive Circulago heating network, which provides for the utilisation of lake water, special activities on e-mobility and a dockless bicycle hire system.

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