- Achieve a climate positive Berlin by socially just means
- Listen to the science – act immediately – prevent climate catastrophe
- Create a society characterized by well-being, which functions in harmony with the environment’s limits
- Establish a new radical urban politics which empowers people and neighbourhoods
- Make Berlin a model capital city that’s green, resilient, and healthy
In 2030, Berlin is a zero-emission city. This means no more greenhouse gases are emitted than can simultaneously be absorbed.
By reducing emissions linearly, we reach net zero by 2030. Fossil fuels and climate-damaging greenhouse gases are a thing of the past, and Berlin is making its contribution to ensure the global 1.5° limit is met.
Informed by Kate Raworth’s “donut economy” approach, the city’s economic activity facilitates dignified living, while respecting planetary boundaries.
Economic growth is no longer a target. Instead, the city is concerned with the health and resilience of its inhabitants, and the maintenance of its circular economy.
The city’s energy consumption is completely covered by renewable sources.
Solar energy is generated on every roof, which, along with other renewable sources – like the sharing of waste heat – ensures a sufficient supply of electricity and heating. Public properties, exclusively using green electricity from 2022, will serve as a model the rest of the city then follows.
Energy costs for citizens in 2030 are lower than those today, and energy consumption, because of increased efficiency and frugality, has decreased.
In the Berlin area all transport is emission-free – internal combustion engines are no longer permitted.
In 2022, a pollution toll will make the use of internal combustion engines unprofitable, while an expanding car-free zone will be established in the city center. From 2025, large parts of the city will be off-limits to combustion engines, and in 2030 this will extend to the entire city area and apply to cars, trucks, trains and airplanes at the BER city airport.
Many parking lots and streets are converted into pedestrian zones, cycle paths and bicycle parking areas, while neighbourhood gardens and green spaces are also expanded.
All urban roads have a speed limit of 30 km/h or less, and are primarily designed for bicycles, buses, trams, and the sharing and pooling services of electrically powered vehicles.
In 2030, living and building in Berlin is emission-free.
Energy-efficient refurbishment that guarantees the rights of inhabitants is prioritised and facilitated by a range of subsidies and incentives. In construction, conventional insulation materials are replaced by renewable raw materials.
New buildings will meet increasingly high standards of energy efficiency until zero emissions are reached in 2030.
Starting in 2022, a comprehensive and transparent climate assessment will take place annually.
With the collection and public sharing of all climate-related data, Berlin citizens and politicians will be able to make informed decisions about their future. Berlin, thus, will become a role model for other large cities.
All regulations and major state projects are climate checked.
An independent climate control group will review all city regulations for climate impacts and propose improvements.
All potentially climate-damaging infrastructure projects will be stopped and reviewed, including the expansion of motorways, airports, and the conversion of power plants to natural gas production.
Citizens’ assemblies are consulted on important issues of design.
Through deliberative processes, citizens participate in deciding how emissions in individual sectors are reduced, ensuring transition takes place in a manner agreed upon by all.
These objectives, and the proposed measures to achieve them, are part of an ongoing process.
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