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Workshop "Proper tendering of timber construction projects

at the Sustainable Procurement Symposium in Dortmund on 26 August 2021

The Sustainable Procurement Day is a platform for exchange for procurers and decision-makers from municipalities, private and public institutions as well as churches and companies. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is the patron. The Agency for Renewable Resources e. V. (FNR), project management agency of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, will be represented with a workshop on the topic of "Public building and renovation with wood - the right way to tender for timber construction projects" in addition to the stand "The renewable office".

Federal government supports development of the "Büchel" quarter in Aachen with 5.5 million euros

A most welcome piece of news reached the city of Aachen this morning (17 March 2021): Federal Minister Horst Seehofer has announced this year's selection of the "National Projects of Urban Development" and announced that the development of the Büchel old town quarter will receive up to 5.5 million euros in funding. Aachen is thus one of four municipalities in NRW to have been awarded the contract. With the amount of funding, the city is in third place nationwide.

"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".

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

Wood Construction Prize Eifel 2020 awarded

Participation possible until 15 August

In the Eifel forest and timber region, timber construction has a distinctive tradition. After 2008, 2012 and 2016, the Eifel Timber Construction Prize will be awarded for the fourth time.

280,000 photovoltaic systems turn the sun into electricity in NRW

The use of solar energy is an important pillar in the energy mix of the future and for the concrete implementation of the energy transition. At the end of 2019, around 1.8 million solar power systems with an output of 49,873 megawatt peak (MWp) were installed across Germany. With around 45 billion kWh of climate-friendly electricity, these accounted for a share of just under eight percent of German electricity generation. This amount is mathematically sufficient to supply 12.8 million households with electrical energy for a year. The approximately 280,000 turbines installed in NRW had an output of around 5,300 megawatt peak.

Additional Loan of NRW.BANK for Building with Wood

Housing construction has great potential to contribute to resource conservation. For this reason, NRW.BANK supports developers with a new additional loan under the state's housing promotion programme. Wood as a building material already contributes to climate protection during the construction of a building. This is why the Ministry of Home Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Building and Equal [...]

WDR documentary (2020) about the Waldquelle eco-settlement

Our home. Our West. Broadcast from 7.2.2020
43:39 Min Available until 07.02.2021
WDR. By Melanie Didier

From minute 25 to 29:50 the ecological settlement Waldquelle in Bielefeld is shown. Ute Möller, one of the founders, leads a tour through the ecological settlement and reports on the experiences and developments in the now almost 25-year-old settlement with lots of wood, greenery and solar cells on the roof.

Link to the documentary: www1.wdr.de/...unser-wohnen-100.html


Info and photo gallery about the Waldquelle eco-settlement

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.

Newly published: Handbook "Urban Production

The aim of the handbook is to provide municipal actors with concrete tools that can be used to keep and locate production in urban areas. In the joint project UrbaneProduktion.Ruhr, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, research was carried out from October 2016 to December 2019 into whether and how it is possible to bring production back to the city.

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.

Video portrait (2019) of the Factor X settlement; BMU Climate Protection Prize

The city of Eschweiler (North Rhine-Westphalia) has been awarded the climate protection prize "Klimaaktive Kommune 2019″ by the Federal Environment Ministry in category 1: "Resource and energy efficiency in the municipality". The city of Eschweiler is committed to more resource and climate protection with its Factor X construction areas.


Film about the Faktor X housing estate in Eschweiler:

(6:25 min.) published on Nov 5, 2019

The prize is awarded by the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) as part of the National Climate Initiative (NKI), which is implemented by the German Institute of Urban Affairs gGmbh (DIFU).

More information about the climate protection award "Climate Active Community 2019″ is available on the website of the National Climate Protection Initiative of the Federal Government :

Project Info: https://sdg21.eu/db/neue-hoefe-duerwiss

All Factor X settlements:

Affordable housing. Examples from NRW

"Housing: How is it better?" the story WDR by Justine Rosenkranz and Sara Wendhack.
44 min, available until: 4.9.2020


Topics and Projects:
- Old velvet weaving mill in Krefeld
- Community housing project (cohousing) in Düren, 200 apartments in 7 buildings
- Student housing with seniors
- Cologne: Municipal housing policy for affordable housing. Increases in storeys, building communities

NRW grants for ventilation and renewables

Funding programme progres.nrw extended North Rhine-Westphalia has extended the progres.nrw programme until the end of 2016. The programme supplements and expands existing programmes such as the market incentive programme or KfW subsidies. Grants are available, among other things, for residential ventilation systems/appliances with heat recovery and solar thermal systems. For the latter, however, only if they are not required anyway in order to comply with the Renewable Heat [...] Act.

Conference of Construction Ministers promotes timber construction

Nationwide, construction with wood for buildings up to the high-rise limit is to be made easier and the Model Building Code (MBO) adapted accordingly. This was adopted by the Construction Ministers' Conference (BMK) at the end of the two-day conference in Norderstedt. In addition to climate-friendly construction with a focus on wood, the topic of "affordable housing" was also on the agenda.

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Bonn receives silver "StadtGrün naturnah" label

On Thursday, 19 September 2019, the Federal City of Bonn was awarded the label "StadtGrün naturnah". With this award, the alliance "Municipalities for Biodiversity" honors exemplary commitment on urban green spaces to promote biodiversity. Bonn was able to score points in the labeling process with species-rich wildflower meadows, sustainable forest management and innovative environmental education offers and now belongs to [...]

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.

The Energy Atlas.NRW with the solar and heat cadastre

Like the heat register, the solar register is part of the Energy Atlas.NRW, which provides comprehensive information on renewable energies in North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition to the current stock, potential for the further expansion of renewable energies is also presented.

Calculate factor X online

With funding from the federal support programme "Unternehmen Revier", the Factor X agency of the development company has developed an internet-based tool for the simple calculation of the resource efficiency of one's own building project. The tool has now undergone final testing and will be available online from September.

City of Cologne relies on wood with immediate effect

By a large majority, the city council has instructed the administration to increase the use of wooden building materials in new municipal buildings such as schools and day-care centres. Complete wooden buildings are to be erected wherever possible.

City of Bonn declares climate emergency

On 4 July 2019, the Bonn City Council declared a climate emergency for Bonn. In doing so, Bonn joins other municipalities in affirming that climate protection must have the highest priority in municipal action. At the same time, the declaration of the climate emergency sends a strong signal to national and international legislation.

ARD broadcast (2019): Maximum emission-free - residential areas without cars

Maximum emission-free - residential areas without cars

Planet Knowledge from 8.4.2019. 05:01 Min.
Available until 8.4.2024

A district without cars, in a major German city? In Cologne-Nippes, about 1300 people live in a car-free neighbourhood. The residents of the French Quarter in Tübingen have been gathering experience in a neighbourhood without cars for around 20 years. Does the concept work?

More info and photos
to Car-free settlement in Cologne-Nippes
to the French Quarter in Tübingen

All car-free settlements and neighbourhoods in the sdg21 web database:

Eifel National Park receives final recognition as International Star Park

Schleiden-Gemünd / Nettersheim, 05.04.2019. Experiencing the starry sky at night with twinkling celestial bodies is a special experience for many people that is now only possible in a few places in Germany - one of these places is the Eifel National Park. Since 2010, a regional initiative has been successfully campaigning for the protection of the night sky and the preservation of the natural night landscape - in 2014, this was followed by the provisional designation as the first "International Dark Sky Park" in Germany. Now this initiative can look forward to the final recognition as International Star Park Eifel National Park. The designation as a protected area of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) is a predicate with which few regions worldwide can advertise themselves, in Germany there are only four. For the Eifel National Park, which turned 15 this year, this recognition is a nice "birthday present".

"Colourful batteries" for the climate district

Purple, green, blue and yellow - inside the innovative battery storage systems that have now been installed in the municipal utility's climate district, things will be colourful in future. The electrolyte, which can store up to ten kilowatt hours of self-produced solar power, changes color depending on the state of charge.

Coal phase-out: important course set

Bonn/Berlin (26 Jan. 2019). With the decision of the Coal Commission, the course has been set for the phase-out of coal by 2035, or 2038 at the latest. Environmental and development organisations welcome this course setting, but regret that this phase-out path is not yet ambitious enough to achieve the Paris climate targets. According to the compromise, 2023 will be the first [...]

Video (2018) "Factor X Settlement Inden Seeviertel"

2:33 Min. 17.12.2018, Ed.: KlimaExpo.NRW

The construction sector is one of the biggest consumers of resources in Germany. With the "Seeviertel" new housing development, the municipality of Inden in the Rhenish lignite mining region, together with RWE Power, the Aachen-based Kathy Beys Foundation and the development company indeland GmbH, has set itself the goal of halving resource consumption. As the first settlement of its kind in Germany, the Seeviertel demonstrates how energy efficiency and resource conservation can be integrated into neighbourhood development right from the ground-breaking ceremony.

Project Info: https://sdg21.eu/db/inden-seeviertel

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Citizen energy - driver of the energy turnaround

5th Symposium on Citizen Energy & Energy Cooperatives in NRW Recklinghausen. Energy in the hands of citizens: This was the topic of the symposium on citizen energy & energy cooperatives in North Rhine-Westphalia on Thursday, December 6, in Recklinghausen. Around 80 players in the field of citizen energy met there to exchange experiences and transfer knowledge. The 5th symposium is a cooperation of the cooperative association - [...]

Forests in NRW particularly badly damaged in 2018

Environment Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser presents this year's NRW Forest Condition Report: "Our forests are in a worrying condition. This is because the combined effect of storms in the spring, followed by extreme summer drought and then heavy bark beetle infestation in the coniferous forests means that the damage this year is considerable."

New brochure "35 climate protection settlements in NRW

In its current special report, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has pointed out the need for massive savings in greenhouse gases. With its project of "100 climate protection settlements in NRW", North Rhine-Westphalia is pursuing the goal of significantly reducing these emissions through the combination of energy-efficient buildings with low greenhouse gas house technologies. 35 of these energy-efficient climate protection settlements have already been [...]

Paderborn district cracks 100 percent mark for green electricity

The district of Paderborn has achieved a climate goal that can only be dreamed of nationwide. It is more than 100 percent in the supply of green electricity. This year, for the first time, as much electricity will be generated renewably with the help of wind, sun, biomass and water as is also consumed. Since [...]

Germany's largest tenant electricity project

In Troisdorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, the largest tenant electricity project in Germany is currently running with subsidised funding from the so-called tenant electricity surcharge under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). The project, which was supported by EnergyAgency.NRW following an initial consultation, supplies 24 social housing apartments in three multi-storey buildings with a total of 75 residents with electricity.

Successful urban development funding needs sufficient staff and simple procedures

Difu study gives recommendations for more effective use of funding in NRW Lack of staff and high administrative demands are two of the reasons that prevent cities, districts and municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) from drawing down available urban development funding on time. This is a key finding of a study conducted by the German Institute for [...]

Förder.Navi of the EnergyAgency.NRW

Online tool provides information on funding programmes Düsseldorf. With Förder.Navi, an online tool from EnergyAgency.NRW, it is now even quicker to find one's way through the funding jungle. The tool (www.energieagentur.nrw/foerder-navi) helps private individuals, companies and local authorities to find funding opportunities, for example when it comes to energy-efficient refurbishment.

Cities play a key role in climate protection

Resilient Cities Congress of the Cities Network ICLEI in Bonn The Paris Climate Agreement involves all levels of government in addressing climate change. At the local level, these are cities and municipalities. The ICLEI network of cities, which includes 22 German cities, will meet in Bonn from 26 to 28 April for the [...]