Kategorie für Blog: SDG 2030

In this blog section, you will find news worth reporting about the global Sustainable Development Goals SDG 2030. Until all settlements and neighbourhoods in Europe are significantly more sustainable, efforts will most likely be required well beyond the year 2030. However, the years up to 2030 will set the essential course for the sustainable development of our settlements and neighbourhoods, which is why they are particularly important for future building and housing.

Difu report: Major differences in sustainability in German municipalities

The new National Progress Report on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda shows the state of sustainability in urban development in German municipalities. The report was prepared by the German Institute of Urban Affairs on behalf of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).

25% of Europe's greenhouse gases come from buildings - scientists call for policy change

To live up to its climate change pledge under the Paris Agreement, the European Union must ensure that all 250 million existing buildings, as well as all new buildings in the EU, produce near-zero greenhouse gas emissions. In a new report, European national academies of science, through their association EASAC, call for far-reaching policy action. "Policies have long focused on creating energy-efficient buildings that require less heating and air conditioning or generate renewable energy on site. However, the energy used to operate buildings is only part of the story. We need to broaden the scope and look at emissions from building materials and methods - both for new buildings and for building refurbishment," says William Gillett, Director of EASAC's Energy Programme.

Sustainability Council launches "Sustainable Municipality Reporting Framework

"Municipalities are crucial drivers for the sustainable development of our society," explains Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE). "All 17 sustainability goals are directly or indirectly related to the tasks of a municipality. The new reporting framework sustainable municipality, the BNK, can be a great help for further progress in the field of sustainability", says Schnappauf.

"Bonn4Future": City and Bonn in Transition sign cooperation agreement

How can Bonn become climate neutral by 2035? This is the question that the participatory project "Bonn4Future - We for the Climate!" would like to discuss together with Bonn citizens over the next two years. Since mid-2019, the climate emergency has been in effect in Bonn; in November 2019, the Council decided that Bonn should become climate neutral by 2035. The city and the non-profit association Bonn im Wandel have now signed a cooperation agreement and thus launched "Bonn4Future".

New DGNB Report on the Sustainable Development Goals

The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB e.V.) has published a new report explaining how buildings can contribute to the United Nations' global sustainability goals. The publication compares the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the potential influence of sustainable planning and construction. Architects and planners, as well as building owners and municipalities, are thus provided with orientation as to how they can meaningfully become active in terms of sustainable development. The report also offers a comparison of the SDGs with the criteria of various DGNB certification systems. This shows: Up to 15 of the 17 SDGs are addressed in the context of the DGNB certification of a building project.

New Leipzig Charter between aspiration and reality

On the occasion of the meeting of the EU Ministers for Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion on the "New Leipzig Charter", Daniela Wagner, Spokesperson for Urban Development of the Alliance 90/The Greens in the German Bundestag, explains:

We welcome the "New Leipzig Charter". Without the transformational power of cities and the ideas and energy of their inhabitants, we will not be able to meet the challenges of the climate crisis. Nevertheless, the Charter contains considerable gaps. The guiding principle of the resilient city is missing. The development of robust and resilient cities is important in order to better assess risks and to be able to recognise and prevent dangers in good time. Nor is the model of the healthy city mentioned - despite the heat waves caused by the climate crisis, a never-ending stream of air pollutants from fossil combustion engines and the current challenge of a global pandemic.

German Council for Sustainable Development calls for a change of course instead of a readjustment of the German Sustainability Strategy

"In key policy areas, it is not enough to take additional steps; instead, a fundamental transformation must be initiated - the Federal Government recognises this with its dialogue version of the German Sustainability Strategy. The momentum for this transformation is now, and it needs tailwind from all ministries," explained Dr. Werner SchnappaufChairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE). "The version of the dialogue brings important innovations that will allow the policies of the coming years to be more closely aligned with the guiding principle of sustainability. The designation of transformation areas such as the energy and transport transition or the transition to a circular economy is an important step forward. At the same time, we believe that there is still room for improvement in some areas," said Schnappauf.

NRW launches new sustainability strategy

North Rhine-Westphalia is the world's largest public issuer of sustainability bonds / Minister President Laschet: North Rhine-Westphalia is committed to a future in which ecology and economy are responsibly compatible

New climate target: EU Commission proposes 55 percent reduction in emissions by 2030

As stated by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union address announced, the European Commission today (Thursday) proposed that EU greenhouse gas emissions should fall by at least 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The previous target was 40 percent. The new target is based on a comprehensive impact assessment of the social, economic and environmental consequences. This shows that 55 percent less emissions is realistic and feasible. The new climate target will help support Europe's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. It also demonstrates the EU's global leadership in the run-up to the next UN climate conference (COP26).

With building culture through the Corona crisis: planning and building industry proposes four-point plan

The Federal Chamber of Architects (BAK) and the Federal Foundation for Building Culture, on behalf of the planning and building industry, today presented their proposal for an "Innovation Programme for Building Culture" to politicians in Berlin.

Anne Katrin Bohle, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs, accepted the four-point plan. In it, the authors suggest measures to overcome the Corona crisis that will have a sustainable economic and social impact.

KfW presents SDG mapping of its new commitments in 2019

  • Over EUR 28 billion for "climate protection measures": KfW is one of the most important supporters of the Paris climate goals
  • Promotional bank is a global pioneer with its standardised SDG mapping
  • Strong international interest in KfW SDG mapping

KfW is today publishing the results of the SDG mapping of new commitments throughout the Group in 2019. In order to clarify the individual contribution made by KfW's new commitments to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, KfW has developed a standardised procedure: 1,500 indicators are used each year to determine to which SDGs KfW's new commitments can be assigned. This makes the contribution transparent at both group and business sector level.

Buildings with wood as a construction material can become a global CO2 sink

27.01.2020 A material revolution that replaces cement and steel with wood in urban construction can have double benefits for climate stabilization. This is now shown in a study by an international team of scientists. First, it can avoid greenhouse gas emissions from cement and steel production. Secondly, it can turn buildings into carbon sinks, since in the construction timber the CO2 is stored. Although the required amount of wood is theoretically available, such an expansion would require very careful sustainable forest management, the authors emphasize.

Climate emergency in Bonn: City presents catalogue of measures

150 concrete proposals are contained in a catalogue that the city of Bonn has compiled in recent months following the declaration of a climate emergency. Many of the measures can be implemented directly by the administration, for others it needs a political decision. At a press conference on Wednesday, 22 January 2020, Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan and City Planning Officer Helmut Wiesner presented the catalogue of measures.

On 4 July 2019, the Bonn City Council had decided to support a resolution declaring a climate emergency. In doing so, Bonn joined other municipalities in affirming that climate protection must have the highest priority in municipal action. The administration has therefore developed a catalogue of measures in recent months with the participation of all departments.

German Environmental Aid and German Tenants' Association present plan for socially acceptable and climate-friendly building policy

Climate protection and socially just construction and housing must be considered together - Legal regulations in the rental housing sector and state subsidy practice undermine climate goals in the building sector - Deutsche Umwelthilfe and Deutscher Mieterbund present 10-point immediate programme for socially acceptable design of energy modernisation in existing and new buildings - KfW subsidy practice must be subjected to a reality check - Social provisions must be supplemented by climate policy requirements

New in Schleswig-Holstein State establishes "Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement and Awarding".

Since 17 December 2019, the "Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement and Contracting" (KNBV) has been supporting municipalities and other public administration bodies in Schleswig-Holstein in taking sustainability into account. In this context, the range of tasks extends from paperless procurement processes and PVC-free office supplies to electric service vehicles including a charging station concept or sustainable services such as plastic-free, fair and regional catering. The KNBV provides advice, information and support for all questions relating to these processes, products or committee and public relations work. Interested municipalities and other public administration bodies will find competent answers for concrete projects as well as a wide range of training courses and events.

European Environment Agency State of the Environment 2020 Report

While European environmental and climate policies have helped to improve the state of the environment in recent decades, progress has been insufficient and the outlook for the environment over the next decade is bleak, according to the report "The Environment in Europe - State and Outlook 2020en (SOER 2020)" is not positive.

The SOER 2020 is the most comprehensive environmental assessment ever undertaken for Europe. It provides an unsparing snapshot of Europe's position with regard to achieving the 2020 and 2030 policy targets, as well as the longer-term 2050 targets and ambitions for a shift towards a sustainable, low-carbon future. The report points out that Europe has already made significant progress in mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the past two decades. There are also signs of progress in other areas. Examples include tackling air and water pollution, new strategies to tackle plastic waste, progress on adaptation to climate change and in the areas of circular economy and bioeconomy. In addition, the EU Sustainable Finance Initiative addresses for the first time the role of the financial sector in the necessary transformation towards a sustainable future.

EU to trigger €4 trillion in climate change investment

1 trillion to be invested by the EU

According to the head of the EIB (European Investment Bank), Werner Hoyer, it is realistic to invest one trillion euros for climate protection within 10 years. In an interview with Der Spiegel, Hoyer said: "If we want to achieve our climate protection goals, we're no longer talking about billions, but trillions of euros" and "We can handle that." EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had named the climate protection target when she took office. Hoyer assumes that 1 trillion euro EU climate protection measures will trigger investments totalling 4 trillion euro.

Mayors adopt key points on sustainability

More than 30 mayors agreed on new strategic cornerstones for sustainability on Thursday, 14 November 2019. Among them is Bonn's Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan. The city leaders want to expand the cities' scope for action and call for sustainable development to be placed at the heart of political decision-making.

Sustainability goals: The Magnificent 17

The German government is presenting striking figures for the 17 global SDG 2030 sustainability goals. The "Glorious 17" campaign launched at the beginning of December is intended to arouse curiosity and encourage participation. An animated peace dove, for example, promotes peace and justice. Other figures stand for the fight against hunger and the protection of life under water.

7th call for tenders for Plus-Energy-Quarters

The call for proposals "City of the Future - Towards Plus-Energy Quarters" builds on previous experiences from the research programme specific focal points and R&D services. All stakeholders who are involved in research and development issues related to buildings, neighbourhoods and cities and who want to meet the new challenges of digitalisation in the building sector, the realisation of plus-energy neighbourhoods and the development of innovative urban greening technologies are eligible to submit proposals.

Within the framework of "City of the Future", around € 8.3 million are available for the 7th tender. The tender runs until 30.01.2020.

Europe: independent with solar power

According to a new study by EU scientists, one percent of the EU's surface area is enough to cover the community's entire electricity needs with solar power. https://www.solarserver.de/solar-magazin/nachrichten/aktuelles/2019/kw40/europa-unabhaengig-mit-solarstrom.html

For climate protection: Berlin builds with wood

From the meeting of the Berlin Senate on 24 September 2019: At its meeting today, the Senate adopted the report to the House of Representatives on "Sustainability in construction: Berlin builds with wood", following a presentation by the Senator for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, Regine Günther. The Senate is consistently pursuing the goal of making Berlin [...]

Leipzig Charter 2.0

Anne Katrin Bohle has been State Secretary for Construction at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Housing since March 2019. The "Leipzig Charter" is to be further developed into the "Leipzig Charter 2.0" by the time of the German EU Council Presidency in 2020. The "Leipzig Charter", which is little known even among experts, invokes the values of "citizens' co-determination and self-determination, calls for the [...]

UN Sustainable Development Summit: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda making slow progress

Even before the UN Summit on Sustainable Development, it is clear that the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is making slow progress. The global community now needs action instead of words to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The international report on the status of SDG implementation shows that there are major gaps in implementation worldwide. The number of people suffering from hunger is increasing again worldwide [...]

What the environmental associations say about the climate package

53:27 min - posted on Sep 23, 2019

Representatives of the environmental associations give their views on the Federal Government's climate package at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin, including Kai Niebert (President of Deutscher Naturschutzring), Hubert Weiger (Chairman of Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V.), Martin Kaiser (Managing Director of Greenpeace Deutschland), Silvie Kreibiehl (Chairwoman of the Board of Germanwatch), Michael Schäfer (Head of Climate and Energy WWF), Sascha Müller-Kraenner (Managing Director of Deutsche Umwelthilfe) and Christoph Heinrich (Director of Nature Conservation WWF).

RENN.west campaign "Goals need action" launched

On Saturday, 14 September, the RENN.west campaign "Goals need action" was launched in Dortmund. It informs about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and mobilizes people for their implementation. Prominent supporters are the BVB, the multiple boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko and the top model Elena Carrière.

New study "Decoupling debunked" by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

Is economic growth compatible with sustainability? A new report by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), DNR and the Institute for Sustainable Economies (ZOE) clearly shows: No! Resource consumption, which is responsible for increasing environmental degradation, cannot be decoupled from economic growth. With a comprehensive analysis of scientific data, the report "Decoupling debunked - Evidence [...]

50 city building councillors and planning department heads call for changes to building legislation

"Düsseldorfer Erklärung zum Städtebaurecht" (Düsseldorf Declaration on Urban Planning Law) 50 city planning councillors, department heads and heads of planning offices from over 40 German cities, including Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Cologne, Bochum, Freiburg, Stuttgart and Frankfurt am Main, have signed the "Düsseldorfer Erklärung zum Städtebaurecht" (Düsseldorf Declaration on Urban Planning Law). They are calling for a fundamental amendment of the Building Use Ordinance (BauNVO) and the administrative regulation TA-Lärm, so that in future beautiful and [...]

100 municipalities in the "Club of Agenda 2030 municipalities

21 February 2019. The Lower Saxon municipality of Lamspringe is the 100th signatory municipality. Lamspringe is one of twelve model municipalities that want to develop local sustainability strategies by the end of 2019 as part of the project "Globally Sustainable Municipality in Lower Saxony". By signing the model resolution "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Shaping Sustainability at the Municipal Level" of the German [...]

Frankfurt "rent decision" collects 25000 signatures

Frankfurt/Main (dpa) - The Frankfurt "Bündnis Mietentscheid" submitted about 25,000 signatures to the electoral office on Tuesday. The participants want to achieve a referendum on the preservation and expansion of subsidized housing, as spokespersons for the alliance said before the handover.

Video (2018) Lecture by Prof. Austmann on the great transformation.

1 h 00 min, 11/2018

In his lecture, Prof. Dr. Henning Austmann addressed the need for cultural change, even beyond the culture of living and building. Technology and politics have hardly been able to achieve any significant progress - let alone the necessary success - in recent years. A rethink and a cultural change are therefore needed so that climate change does not destroy existence on earth.

The lecture recording was made in the context of the symposium "Herbstforum Altbau" in Stuttgart on 21.11.2018.

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