Lighthouse City of Leipzig in the making
Leipzig, Germany, has a long history as an energy metropolis; since 1990, the use of renewable energies such as wind turbines and solar parks has steadily increased. The City of Leipzig has also been participating in the European Energy Award (EEA) Benchmarking System since 2009. In 2011 Leipzig received its first certification and received the Gold Certification in 2017. For short- and mid-term planning, the City of Leipzig revised its Integrated Urban Development Concept (INSEK) 2030 which came into force in 2018.
It is Leipzig’s goal to reduce the CO2-emmission per capita on a sustainable level of 2,5t until the year 2050. To fulfil this goal of Energy and Climate protection Concept (2011) and based on this former, the Energy and Climate protection Work Program (2014) has been endorsed, which contains a set of necessary measures/projects with priorities to be implemented by the municipality, public transport association or municipality utilities. Compared to the year 1990, the City of Leipzig was able to reduce CO2-emmissions 51% in 2008 and with that reached its goal two years before the self-defined deadline in 2010.
It is now the declared aim to lower the CO2-emissions per capita by 10% per year, in order to reach the sustainable level of 2,5t until the year 2050. The long-term vision for 2050 aims at enhancing self-consumption of RES produced within the city boundaries and virtually connecting all participating generating, storing and consuming entities in order to balance energy consumption & production and enable new services. The goal of the city is to develop a 2050 strategy which can be replicated in districts not only in Leipzig, but in other cities across Europe.