Green Cities Fit for Life

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Frankfurt is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth largest city in Germany, with a 2011 population of 664,838. The city is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region which is Germany’s second-largest metropolitan region.

Energy Performance

Frankfurt demonstrates a commitment to energy performance via long-term development of energy production efficiency, the continuous development of co-generation plants, the implementation of the Energy Act coupled with municipal and private investments in energy conservation. All new buildings in Frankfurt must be passive, i.e. meet strict standards for energy use. The city is implementing an ambitious Green Public Procurement policy, especially in the building sector. Frankfurt banned the use of tropical timber in 1999 and the use of PVC is also forbidden. A guideline document for cost-effective construction is used in the industry.

Sensible Water Usage

In working towards a sustainable city Frankfurt has achieved a great deal. Total volumes of waste have been decreasing for years. The city has invested heavily in modern waste sorting, processing and recycling equipment within the city area, cutting down on transport costs. Environmental campaigns in areas like water and electricity have led to reductions in water and electricity consumption beyond the national average. Schemes like the 100% metering and quality checking of water consumed by business and private users and the very low water leakages form the pipe network (3.3%) show Frankfurt’s commitment to sensible water usage.

E-mobility 2025

As part of the “Frankfurt e-mobility 2025” strategy, a large number of individual projects will be promoting the use of electric cars and the requisite charging infrastructure, other electrically powered vehicles and the interlinking of different transport means (“travel chains”) until 2025.

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