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Climate emergency balance: More and more cities in the climate emergency


Cycle tracks instead of car tracks, higher parking fees, additional trees: Several German cities have called the climate emergency. But concrete decisions are still missing.

Hundreds of days after the city of Constance declared its climate emergency, dozens of cities have joined the nationwide network. Some of them have adopted far-reaching environmental protection measures. These include the conversion of car lanes to cycle paths, higher parking fees in inner cities, climate-neutral buildings and more solar systems and the planting of additional trees. However, in some communities that have declared the climate emergency, decisions on concrete measures are still pending.

As a concrete consequence of the emergency decision, Schleswig-Holstein's state capital Kiel has substantially increased the funds for cycle paths, said Councilor Doris Grondke. It is also planned to leave more car tracks to the cyclists. In addition, more roofs of urban buildings are to have solar systems, the long-term parking of cars in the city center will become less attractive and the means of replacing lighting with LEDs will increase. In the city administration also e-vehicles should become obligatory. More car-sharing and service wheels were also part of the concept. According to Grondke about 100 million euros are scheduled for the program.

In Landau, the local council wants to proclaim the climate emergency as the first city in Rhineland-Palatinate this coming Wednesday. Among other things, the bicycle infrastructure and public transport services will be expanded and 500 trees will be planted there. For new buildings such as garages and carports, the greening of the roofs should be mandatory.

In the city of Cologne, the climate emergency was proclaimed a month ago. There are no concrete decisions, not even due to the parliamentary summer break. The situation is similar in Saarbrücken and Wiesbaden. It was determined in Cologne that, in the future, relevant decisions should be examined to what extent the measures or projects would have an impact on sustainability and climate protection. Lord Mayor Henriette Reker (non-party) had said in July, it was important that something happens and it does not remain with symbolic politics. In July, the Council also decided in Düsseldorf to become climate neutral by 2050 as early as 2035. According to the Environmental Office, the administration should submit a concept by November.

In Konstanz, the pioneer in the proclamation of the climate emergency, climate-relevant measures are coordinated by a task force - from the climate-neutral energy supply of buildings through mobility to disposal. Consider a test run for a free bus service on Saturdays and the introduction of premiums (such as a public transport ticket) for citizens who finally deregister their car, says city spokeswoman Anja Fuchs.

Konstanz had proclaimed the climate emergency on 2 May as the first German municipality. The suggestion came from the local group of the climate protection movement Fridays for Future. Meanwhile, many cities have followed the example of Constance, including Cologne, Kiel, Saarbrücken, Bochum, Karlsruhe and Gelsenkirchen, Bielefeld, Dusseldorf and Münster.

Source: zeit

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