Acting now for a better environment A natural place to be
The historic city of Aachen is naturally special. With natural history. And natural science. And naturally: a drive to go green. Way back in 1992, Aachen was part of the regional government’s model project “Eco-City of the Future” which gave householders district heating systems, cyclists cycle paths and car drivers a whole network of “CambioCarsharing” bases.
The jewel in the crown of electric transport
- Aachen City Council, RWTH Aachen University, FEV, German Railways, big automotive corporations and suppliers all want to make Aachen the jewel in the European crown of electric transport
- Field trials are currently underway with 25 electric scooters, one electric bus, electric commercial vehicles and 13 electric Fiat 500’s
- 80 million euros of subsidies are coming into the region
People in Aachen have long been aware that the city takes climate protection seriously – because there’s a bike centre at Central Station for parking your bike or hiring one (including electric bikes) – because the local public transport authority runs low-emission buses on City-XL fares – and because many businesses offer “Job Tickets” to their employees.
“I can leave the car at home without having to wear myself out”, says Maria Vankann, Manager of the Climate Protection Office. Since September 2011 there has been a roof-mounted solar panel register available on the web, helping homeowners to see at a glance whether the roof of their own building is suitable for a solar power system.
Several ways to go green
Many city council buildings are undergoing energy overhauls, and when buying a plot of land from the city council the prospective homeowner actually has to comply with higher energy standards than required by law. In-depth advice and guidance on energy efficiency and grants for house building and renovation work are available from the “altbau plus” information service.
Going green. One thing that makes Aachen special is the fact that it lies in a natural hollow, a kind of valley in the surrounding countryside that could sometimes feel a bit airless. Aware of this, conscious effort ensures fresh air is consistently channelled in and river courses are kept clear of obstruction. The solid fuel regulations for fireplaces also help ensure our air stays clean. Aachen: a naturally special place to be.
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