How does an energy climate plan help?
An energy climate plan means bringing down energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It also means gearing up for future changes in the Earth's climate.
Did you know?
Greenhouse gases are to be found everywhere: in car exhaust emissions, in our home boilers, industrial processes, and air conditioning, and also in the products and materials we use a daily basis.
Less energy, more renewables
Strasbourg has set itself an ambitious target for 2020:
- Bring down greenhouse gas emissions by 30%
- Bring energy consumption down by 30%
- Use renewable energies for 20 to 30% of our total consumption.
To achieve these targets, the City and the Urban Community of Strasbourg are taking action in several areas:
- Internally: local authorities must set the example in their daily actions
- With our main partners. To learn more, click on the link in the "Useful Links" section on the right
Strasbourg shows the way
The City and the Urban Community of Strasbourg have already initiated a number of projects to kick-start the process:
- The introduction of organic foods for school meals in 2009. This has resulted in a 3% annual reduction in meals' carbon footprint, an achievement for which Strasbourg received a national award in 2009.
- The increased use of biomass for heating purposes. In 2013, homes in the Esplanade will switch from fossil energies to wood, which will bring greenhouse gas emissions down by 33,000 t of carbon dioxide every year.
- The development of a voluntary cycling policy. In 2009, the CUS became the city with the largest system of cycle tracks and lanes in France. Cycle highways, extra parking racks and new services will help consolidate this position.
- The modernisation of waste and water treatment centres. The recovered heat will be used for 4500 social housing units in the Meinau and Neuhof .
- The launch of the "zero use of pesticide" operation between 2007 and 2010. This has produced a 97% reduction in the use of chemical plant-protection products
- Pilot schemes for designing a bigger share of environmental factors into public spaces. Greenhouse gas emissions have dropped, biodiversity is greater and the use of soft modes of transport is increasing.
- School heating systems have been renovated, which has brought heating bills down by between 75 and 80%, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and provided a more comfortable environment for the occupants.