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With its ideas for 77 different projects, the city wants to mitigate climate change in Krefeld, according to the Westdeutsche Zeitung on 05 November 2019

To date, 77 measures comprise the climate protection concept with which Krefeld intends to support the Federal Government in achieving the climate protection targets for 2030 at municipal level.

These include the introduction of climate protection controls by a climate protection management agency by maintaining fresh air corridors kept clear of construction zones, the creation of "pocket parks", the reduction of CO2 emissions, the expansion of urban green areas and the creation of a heat action plan or a warning system to preserve the health of Krefeld residents. The draft still lacks in regard to the area of mobility.

On Tuesday evening, the administration informed the Environment Committee about the current status of the project and presented the Federal Government's report on the key issues as well as the draft for the municipal programme "KrefeldClimate 2030".

Find out more here.

7. NOVEMBER 2019

ECOPROFIT Düsseldorf enters its seventh round

For the seventh time, the state capital Düsseldorf offers local companies the opportunity to participate in the environmental project ECOPROFIT. With the ECOPROFIT programme, Düsseldorf companies can reduce their costs, increase resource efficiency, minimise operational risks, secure jobs and increase their competitiveness. At the same time, they protect the environment.

ECOPROFIT is part of the Düsseldorf climate protection programme and is aimed at companies in Düsseldorf that strive for forward-looking, sustainable corporate management. In the medium term, ECOPROFIT also contributes to improving the quality of life of all citizens of the state capital Düsseldorf, particularly in the area of energy saving and resource efficiency.

The ECOPROFIT concept was developed in Graz and adapted to German requirements in Munich in 1998. Since then, it has been implemented or introduced in more than 100 communities, including smaller municipalities, rural districts and large cities. In Germany alone, over 3,000 companies are involved in this initiative.

The following companies and enterprises take their part in this iniative:

• Gerricusstift - Nursing care and retirement house
• Printcom GmbH - Printing and output management
• Franz Menke GmbH & Co. KG - Paintwork services
• Elektro Kai Hofmann GmbH
• SCALA Glasbau GmbH
• Association of Associations Creditreform e.V.
• Haus Lörick e.V. - Housing foundation
• Sebastian Fuchs GmbH & Co. KG - Sanitary and heating systems
• Diakonie Düsseldorf e.V., Ev. Kita Kopernikusstraße 7
• Diakonie Düsseldorf e.V., Ev. Kita Fleher Straße 222
• Diakonie Düsseldorf e.V., Kaiserswerth Headquarters
• Sipgate GmbH - Internet telephony

More information available here.

30 OCTOBER 2019

Düsseldorf schools and day-care centres awarded environmental bonus

Positive balance after one year of "Winning with energy!" at Düsseldorf schools and kindergartens represents significant savings in electricity, heating energy, water and waste

The balance after one year of the "Win with energy!" programme at schools and day-care centres turns positive. The participants of the programme have achieved considerable savings in electricity, heating energy, water and waste. This became evident at an event at Townhouse on Wednesday, 30 October. In one year, the facilities have saved a total of around 150,000 euros. Half of this amount is distributed to schools and kindergartens.

Jeanette Raschke from the wertsicht consulting firm presented the energy saving results in detail. The schools and kindergartens have achieved this by reducing their electricity consumption by around nine percent and using around seven percent less natural gas and heating oil. As a result, they have protected the climate and emitted 380 tons less carbon dioxide. Water consumption in the facilities was also reduced. It decreased by about 2,300 cubic meters. In addition, twelve facilities have reduced the generation of waste by minimising and separating waste in classes and groups. High Mayor Thomas Geisel praised the exemplary commitment and presented a symbolic cheque to each of the kindergartens, primary and special needs schools as well as secondary schools: "This success was only possible through many small and large activities of children and young people, tutors, teachers and caretakers," praised the High Mayor.

Individual schools and kindergartens demonstrated their commitment. High Mayor Geisel welcomes these climate protection activities: "This saves costs and protects the environment and the climate. In times of 'Fridays for Future' many children particularly appreciate this.”

More information available here.


Grand B2Run Final in Cologne

On 05.09.2019, 23,000 participants from around 1,000 companies took part in the Grand B2Run Final in Cologne and experienced the spectacular finish at the RheinEnergieSTADION.

We too were running with them, achieving common goals and celebrating together! Find out more about B2Run here.

7 AUGUST 2019

"Creating climate - for today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow"

The competition for the state capital's environmental prize is once again looking for landmark projects, this year under the motto "Creating climate - for today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow".

Perhaps your company also has something worthy of an award at the competition. As companies can apply as well.

The closing date for entries is 31 August.

Whether it's environmental education, energy saving, environmentally friendly transport, sustainable lifestyles and consumption practices, nature and landscape conservation, decontamination of areas and their greening - projects can be submitted from many areas.

In autumn, the jury will review all applications received.

For companies, the reward for exemplary and outstanding commitment to the climate change issue is a premium certificate that High Mayor Thomas Geisel shall award at the end of the year at the Environmental Award Ceremony in the Town Hall.

The award ceremony is generally met with great interest in the media. Well-known companies such as Awista GmbH, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Metro Group or Provinzial Versicherungen, as well as a number of smaller companies have already received awards in recent years for their exemplary environmental activities. All information and the application form for the environmental award can be found online at www.duesseldorf.de/umweltamt/projekte/umweltprojektfoerderung.

The staff of the Environmental Office will be happy to be of assistance for you. Call us at 0211.89-25094 or send an e-mail to


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