Green Cities Fit for Life

Image by C. Spahrbier


Where History Meets the Present

Along the shores of the Pegnitz River and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal lies the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. Green belts and waterways meander through the city centre, and parks and lanes allow plenty of room for bikes, inline skates and pedestrians. Some 1.2 million people inhabit the Nuremberg urban area.

Breathing clean air

Air quality is a serious matter in Nuremberg, it is closely monitored and this information is available to the public in real time. Air pollutants are already below the accepted limit and show a downward trend.
Supportive measures include the further development of public transport and cycle paths, traffic flow and coordinated traffic lights, “environmental zones” where only cleaner vehicles are permitted, the promotion of energy efficiency and climate protection, the reduction of wood, coal and oil heating systems and promotion of district heating and gas heating.

A Holistic Approach to Waste Management

Nuremberg has a very high municipal recycling rate of 56% and residual waste is incinerated using energy recovery technology.

Since 2001, no municipal waste has been land filled, and the city’s waste management approach focuses on optimising material flow to ensure maximum resource recovery and reduce the effects of climate change. By incinerating residual waste and generating heat for the district heating system, some 110,000 tonnes of CO2 are avoided.